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Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets 1/15/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Columbus Blue Jackets (17-17-1) vs. Florida Panthers (25-7-5)
January 15, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Panthers -300 / Columbus Blue Jackets +260; Over/Under: -1.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Saturday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on their 6-0 win over Carolina last time out. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 26 points including 11 goals and 15 assists while Jakub Voracek’s also got 25 points with a team-high 24 assists. Zach Werenski has 21 points with 15 assists and Boone Jenner’s chipped in 23 points of his own with a team-high 14 goals so far this season. Elvis Merzlikins has seen the majority of Columbus’ action in goal, going 13-8-1 with a 3.04 GAA and a .911 save percentage this season.

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The Florida Panthers will try to build on their 7-1 win over Dallas from Friday. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 51 points including a team-high 37 assists while Aaron Ekblad has 32 points with 10 goals and 22 assists this season. Carter Verhaeghe has 29 points and Sam Reinhart has 29 points as well with both logging 11 goals and 18 assists. Anthony Duclair and Aleksander Barkov each have a team-high 15 goals as well so far this season with Duclair posting a team-best +26 plus/minus rating this season. Sergei Bobrovsky’s gone 18-3-3 with a 2.49 GAA and a .921 save percentage between the pipes for Florida while Spencer Knight is 7-4-2 with a 3.39 GAA and an .896 save percentage.

Columbus is 5-12 in their last 17 games overall and 17-42 in their last 59 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. Florida is 43-13 in their last 56 games as a favorite and 37-18 in their last 55 games overall while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference.

I get the allure of plus money with Columbus as the rested team here, but even on a back-to-back, as we saw on Friday, you don’t fade the Panthers on home ice. Columbus is a solid team but they play their best by far at home and I just don’t think that I want to step in front of Florida at home with the Blue Jackets. Give me Florida -1.5 here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Florida -1.5

Chris Ruffolo

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