Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets

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In a Central Division battle, the Florida Panthers will go on the road and take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Florida has a record of 15-5-4. Columbus has a record of 10-11-5. These two teams have played each other twice this season with each team winning one game.

Panthers Look to Rebound After Loss

The Florida Panthers are coming off a 4-2 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Mason Marchment and MacKenzie Weegar each scored a goal. Chris Driedger struggled in net, stopping 22 out of 26 shots faced.

Goaltending has been a struggle for Florida recently. They have given up three goals or more in five out of their last seven games. Although he struggled in his last game, Chris Driedger has outplayed Sergei Bobrovski in net. Driedger has a record of 7-3-2 with a 2.40 GAA and a .920 SV%. Bobrovski has a record of 8-2-2 with a 3.02 GAA and a .900 SV%. Driedger should see more starts come his way. The team ranks 13th in goals against per game, 18th in shots against per game, and 12th in opponent shooting % and save %.

Offense has been a strength for the Panthers this season. They have scored three goals or more in six of their last 10 games. The team is tied for sixth in goals per game, first in shots per game, and ninth in scoring efficiency ratio. It has been a very balanced effort on offense for Florida. Ten players have double-digit points on the season. Jonathan Huberdeau is seventh in the league with 29 points. Aleksander Barkov is not far behind with 27 points on the season.

Columbus Struggling Lately

The Blue Jackets have struggled lately, losing six out of their last eight games. Their last game was a 5-0 loss against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 out of 22 shots faced before being pulled from the game in the third period. Veini Vehvilainen replaced Korpisalo in net. Vehvilainen stopped three out of four shots faced.

Defense and goaltending have been a major weakness for the Jackets. The team ranks 25th in goals against per game, and 24th shots against per game and in opponent shooting % and save %. Joonas Korpisalo has a 7-8-4 record with a 3.15 GAA and a .894 SV %. Elvis Merzlikins has a 3-3-1 record with a 2.81 GAA and a .917 SV %.

Putting the puck in the net has been difficult for the Jackets this season. They have scored one goal or less in four out of their last six games. The team ranks 26th in goals per game and shots per game, 22nd in shooting %, and 24th in scoring efficiency ratio. Patrik Laine has been pointless in six straight games. He has 10 points in 16 games played. This is not the production Columbus was hoping for when they traded for Laine.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Panthers in this contest. The Blue Jackets have struggled recently, losing six out of their last eight games. Putting the puck in the net has been difficult for the Jackets. They have scored one goal or less in four out of their last six games. Florida is the better overall team and will win this game.

Prediction:
Florida Panthers (-103)

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Goaltending has been a struggle for Florida recently. They have given up three goals or more in five out of their last seven games. Defense and goaltending have been a major weakness for the Jackets. They rank 25th in goals against per game, 24th shots against per game, and 24th in opponent shooting % and save %. Both teams are struggling to keep the puck out of the net and this will be a high scoring game. The over will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Over 5.5