The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. The Florida Panthers have split their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 7 of their last 10 games.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.33 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Carter Verhaeghe leads Florida with 11 goals, Matthew Tkachuk has 17 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.22 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 32 goals on 306 shots faced, and Spencer Knight has allowed 21 goals on 257 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.94 goals per game and are scoring on 9.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 7 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 9 assists and Zach Werenski has 41 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.41 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 23 goals on 224 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 36 goals on 265 shots.
The Panthers are 40-17 in their last 57 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 11-24 in their last 35 overall. The over is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 overall. The over is 58-28-5 in Blue Jackets last 91 overall. The Panthers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t a good hockey team, but this price is insane when you consider the Panthers look nothing like the team from a year ago. Heck, the Panthers just lost last night to a struggling Flames team in a shootout, and now they have to travel for a quick turnaround. The Blue Jackets a mess defensively and can’t finish games, but the Panthers priced like this is nuts. Give me Columbus and the potential big payout.