Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Pick 2/4/20


A game that features two teams that’ve positioned themselves squarely in playoff contention, the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet at Nationwide Arena. This Eastern Conference matchup gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 4 and it can be seen live on Fox SportsNet Florida.

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

Florida is 29-22 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just three have pushed. As the road team in 2019-20, the Panthers are 13-12 SU.

Florida has converted on 23.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it has successfully killed off only 77.6 percent of its penalties.

Florida, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties just 3.3 times per game in the 2019-20 season, and 4.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 26.8 saves per game with a .898 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (21-18-4) has been the best option in goal for Florida this season. Bobrovsky played last night, however, so Florida may opt to rest him and turn to Chris Driedger instead (6-3 record, .932 save percentage, 2.35 goals against average).

Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Panthers. Huberdeau has 66 points on 19 goals and 47 assists, and has recorded multiple points 19 times. Barkov has 16 goals and 38 assists to his credit, and has logged at least one point in 32 games.

Over on the other bench, Columbus is 28-25 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.0 units this year. Through 53 regular season matches, 33 of its games have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 16-11 SU at home.

Columbus has converted on just 17.2 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.

The Blue Jackets have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, and 2.0 per game over their past five outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Joonas Korpisalo has denied 25.7 shots per game as the top choice in goal for Columbus. Korpisalo has 17 wins, 15 losses, and five OT losses and has maintained a .913 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.

The home team will be led on offense by Pierre-Luc Dubois (17 goals, 25 assists).

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under


Betting Notes

Three of Columbus’ last five games gone under the total.

Florida’s attempted 32.9 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 31.7 in its last 10 games.

The Blue Jackets are 8-10 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Panthers are 10-3 SU in games where they serve more minutes than their opponent.

Florida (3-3 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Columbus is winless in two shootouts this year.

Columbus skaters have created 8.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 6.7 takeaways per game (ranked 25th in the league).

One of the league’s best at disrupting opposing teams, Florida is ranked fourth this season with 8.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as the team has averaged 8.2 takeaways over its last 10 games and 6.4 takeaways over its last five.

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