Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-5-3) at Florida Panthers (10-9-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSFL
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers meet Saturday night in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with seven goals, Cam Atkinson has 10 assists and Sam Gagner has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 33 goals on 468 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed six goals on 80 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 13 games.
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The Florida Panthers also look for a victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with nine goals, Vincent Trocheck has seven assists and Colton Sceviour has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 30 goals on 379 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 22 goals on 213 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Florida and 11-3 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Blue Jackets are playing some solid hockey at the moment and have owned the Panthers over the years. However, the Florida Panthers haven't had to play since Tuesday and are catching Columbus on the end of a back-to-back. The Panthers also seem to have found their groove after a slow start to the season. You have to like the Panthers to get the job done here.