Florida Panthers (16-5-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (10-12-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +111 / Florida Panthers -123 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday 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 86 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 39 goals on 411 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing nine of their last 12 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 62 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 61 goals on 580 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 21 goals on 252 shots.
The Panthers are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Panthers last 4 overall. The under is 4-1-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The Panthers are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in Columbus and 8-21 in the last 29 meetings.
The Florida Panthers continue to be one of the more profitable teams in the league and they're a team you should be backing consistently due to the cheap prices they get nightly. The Columbus Blue Jackets can't get out of their own way with losses in nine of their last 12 tires and home ice hasn't helped them much. The Panthers also just beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday, comfortably in control of that contest from the start. I'll lay the cheap price with the Panthers once again.