Blue Jackets vs. Panthers - 2/27/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (35-18-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (25-29-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -105 / Florida Panthers -115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSOH
The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets square off Saturday at the Nationwide Arena.
The Florida Panthers look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with 20 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 19 assists and Reilly Smith has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 101 goals on 1,349 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 30 goals on 429 shots. Luongo has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another win after winning six of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 23 goals, Scott Hartnell has 20 assists and Boone Jenner has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 55 goals on 683 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 13-6 in their last 19 road games and 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Metropolitan. The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-13 in their last 18 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus and 3-10 in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Panthers could use a nice win to kind of get back on track here, and they should be able to beat an inconsistent Columbus team. Florida has been rather solid on the road this season.