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Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 01/05/2019 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 24 goals, Artemi Panarin has 31 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 76 goals on 847 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 39 goals on 335 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Florida Panthers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 28 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 19 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 35 assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 57 goals on 550 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 58 goals on 556 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-12 in their last 15 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 home games. The under is 9-4-1 in Blue Jackets last 14 road games. The under is 8-3 in Blue Jackets last 11 overall.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won each of the last six meetings against the Florida Panthers and are obviously the better team in this contest. However, the Panthers do play their best hockey by far at home and are starting to show signs of life the last couple of weeks. The Columbus Blue Jackets have also had issues this season playing on the end of a back to back. I'll take the Panthers and the cheap price in this toss-up game. 

Pick:
Florida Panthers -118

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