Panthers vs Blue Jackets Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-118) Blue Jackets (+107)
Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets (28-16-9, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) play the Florida Panthers (28-17-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division) at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The Blue Jackets open this contest at +107 while the Panthers are priced at -118. The over/under is set at 6. The Panthers cover 53.2% of the time, having gone 25-22 SU. The Blue Jackets cover 52.8% of the time, going 28-25 straight up.
The Florida Panthers step onto the ice holding a record of 28 victories and 17 losses, which is good for 4th in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 180 goals which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 10th in the league. The Panthers currently have a total of 61 points, which puts them at 15th in the league and 10th in the conference. In terms of shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,660 which puts them at 8th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the league. As a team, Florida has collected a total of 856 hits which means they are averaging 17.1 per game. They currently have a total of 612 blocks for this season. The man in net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has played 2,135 mins protecting the net this season. Bobrovsky is conceding 3.26 goals against average which places him at 29th among Eastern Conference goalies and 59th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he has allowed 116 goals. His save % is .897 which places him at 27th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Florida Panthers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 0 loss against the Montreal Canadiens in their last contest. The Panthers could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In this game, they converted 0 out of the 29 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 6 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Florida earned a total of 4 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Panthers sat at 27 and the Corsi against was 59 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 31.4%. Their Fenwick was 20 while the Fenwick against sat at 38, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 34.5%. They earned 15 face-off wins and lost 28 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 88.9 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Montreal Canadiens tallied 35 shots. They finished with 12 penalty minutes and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Blue Jackets will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 28 victories and 16 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the league with +10. They have compiled a total of 143 goals for the season which has them at 12th in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has a save % as a team of .917 which is good for 3rd in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which puts them at 14th in the conference. In goal for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins who is having an average year by allowing 2.42 goals per contest and that ranks him 6th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,189 minutes he's been on the ice, he's allowed 48 goals. His save percentage is .925, which puts him at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Columbus Blue Jackets faced the Montreal Canadiens in a matchup where the Blue Jackets took home the victory by a final score of 4 - 3. In this matchup, Columbus went home with a 35.8% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 39 and the other team having a Corsi of 70. They had a Fenwick percentage of 36.5% with a Fenwick of 27 and the Canadiens having a 47 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Columbus played and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 38.4%. The Blue Jackets converted 4 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Canadiens had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Columbus conceded 30 shots on goal and the Canadiens ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Columbus (+107) and under the total goals
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