Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

Mike Hoffman, Evgenii Dadonov, and the Florida Panthers will face off against Cam Atkinson, Artemi Panarin, and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in an Eastern Conference matchup. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 15, and you can see it live on Fox SportsNet Florida.

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

The Blue Jackets (-130) are favored over the Panthers (+110), and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 over, +100 under.

Despite posting a record of 10-8 straight up (SU), bettors taking the moneyline have earned a total of 1.9 units on Columbus this season. Out of its 18 regular season outings, 10 of them have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 4-5 SU at home so far this year.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 16.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all penalties.

With a .913 save percentage and 27.8 saves per game, Sergei Bobrovsky (6-6) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Jackets this season. If Columbus chooses to give him a breather, however, head coach John Tortorella might turn to Joonas Korpisalo (4-3-3 record, .875 save percentage, 3.78 goals against average).

On the other side of the rink, Florida is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 15 regular season contests, eight of its games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Panthers are 4-4 SU.

The Panthers have converted on 21.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all penalties.

James Reimer (21.8 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Florida. Reimer owns a 3-6-1 record, while registering a .899 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average this year.

Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Over Florida’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • The Panthers are 1-2 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Blue Jackets are 4-1 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.
  • Columbus could hold an advantage if it’s a tight one late. The team’s 5-2 in games decided by one goal, while Florida is 3-6 in such games.
  • The total has gone under in four of Columbus’ last five outings.
  • Columbus skaters have averaged 10.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 7.5 giveaways per game (the 7th-fewest in the NHL).