The Florida Panthers (16-8-2) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (9-15-5) on Sunday, December 10th. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on BSOH. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 1:00 ET.
Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Panthers have put together an overall record of 16-8-2. When playing on the road, Florida has gone 7-4-2, while their home record stands at 9-4-0. Their current record places them 2nd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 3rd in the Eastern conference. Looking at Florida’s average scoring margin, it is +.5, which has led to a puck line record of 13-13. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +.5, and on the road, it is +.5.
The Panthers most recently faced the Penguins at home and achieved a 3-1 win. The first period saw the Panthers being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring one time in the second period and two goals in the third. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 33 shots on goal and had 10 turnovers.
Florida secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. Combining for 4 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Panthers, the Blue Jackets have a record of 9-15-5 so far. At home, their record is 7-7-2 and 2-8-3 on the road. They are currently positioned 8th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 15th in the Eastern conference. Columbus’ average scoring margin this season is -0.6 leading to an overall puck line record of 18-11. Their scoring margin at home is .0 and -1.2 on the road.
In their recent matchup, the Blue Jackets hosted the Blues and came away with a 5-2 victory. The Blue Jackets scored two goals in the first period against the Blues and found the net three times in the 3rd period. Out of Columbus’ five goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 22 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, Columbus managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
Florida Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Panthers come in averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, which is 19th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. This season, the Panthers are 11-7 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 4-1 record.
This season, the Panthers’ have an over/under record of 12-14-0. Throughout the season, they have played 14 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Blue Jackets have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 11th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 7th in the league. The Blue Jackets went 2-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 7-11.
This season, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 16-13-0. Throughout the season, they have played 16 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.4 per game.
Florida Team Defense
Florida defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 26th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Florida. They alsso are 10th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Columbus Team Defense
The Blue Jackets’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 10th in takeaways and an average of 6.4 takeaways per contest. They hold 2nd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.2 goals given up per game.
Panthers vs Blue Jackets Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Florida has an puck line record of just 7-3. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last ten home games, Columbus has an puck line record of just 7-3. However, their overall record was 1-9 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 4-6. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 7-3.
- Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Panthers have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 1-2.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blue Jackets to take down the Panthers at home. With the moneyline currently at +197, I’m placing my bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
Our projections have the Blue Jackets pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blue Jackets, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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