Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/9/21

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/9/21 Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (15-5-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (10-11-5)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +100 / Florida Panthers -118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida with 10 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 19 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 29 goals on 363 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 37 goals on 371 shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 10 goals, Seth Jones has 12 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 58 goals on 548 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 21 goals on 252 shots.

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The Panthers are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Blue Jackets are 1-8 in their last 9 Tuesday games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The under is 4-0-2 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. The Panthers are 2-14 in the last 16 meetings in Columbus and 7-21 in the last 28 meetings.

The Florida Panthers have cooled off after their ridiculously hot start, but they're still piling up the points, one of the best offensive teams in the league and they don't string together losses. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost eight of their last 11 games, don't win in the underdog role and they're below average at both ends of the ice. You can make a strong argument the Panthers should be a heavier favorite. I'll gladly take the Panthers at this price.

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -118

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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