Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/3/21

Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/3/21 Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (14-16-8) at Florida Panthers (24-9-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers -150 / Columbus Blue Jackets +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 13 goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has 17 assists and Seth Jones has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 71 goals on 703 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 40 goals on 484 shots.

The Florida Panthers look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Carter Verhaeghe leads Florida with 17 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 28 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 35 goals on 477 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 60 goals on 644 shots.

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The Blue Jackets are 6-20 in their last 26 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Panthers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 5-1 in Panthers last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are going through one of their worst stretches of the season and their defense has really struggled through these losses. The Florida Panthers continue to be one of the more consistent and profitable teams in the sport with an offense that's on the elite side, and they've won three of the four meetings this season against the Blue Jackets. The Panthers have scored a combined 15 goals in four games against the Blue Jackets this season. Give me the home team and the reasonable juice. 

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -150

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

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