Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 12/13/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+255) Panthers (-320)
The Florida Panthers (13-12-4) will go up against the Columbus Blue Jackets (10-15-2) at FLA Live Arena on Tuesday. The moneyline on this contest has Columbus at +255 while Florida is priced at -320. The betting total comes in at 6.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6-5 victory over the Kings in their previous game. Columbus garnered 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. Additionally, they had 3 attempts on the power play and were able to notch 2 goals. The Blue Jackets had a solid offensive output in this victory. In the game, they scored on 6 of the 26 shots they launched.
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While at even strength, the Blue Jackets have conceded 90 goals while scoring 69 of their own. Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have 89 power play tries (21st in the league) and have a total of 20 goals in those attempts. When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the Columbus Blue Jackets have accumulated 80 goals (25th in the National Hockey League) this season and have allowed 110. Columbus has attempted 800 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.0%. For the season, they have scored 22 points and their points % is .407. The Blue Jackets have seen 968 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .886. Columbus comes into the game with 75 power play chances and they have tallied 11 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 14.67%.
The man in net for this game is Elvis Merzlikins. Merzlikins has been in goal for 133 matchups during his NHL career. He has amassed an overall record of 52-51-20 and he has started in 120 games. Opponents have scored 370 goals against Merzlikins in his NHL career and his goals against average is 3.05. Merzlikins has had 4,042 shots against him and has recorded 3,672 saves. His save percentage currently is .908 in his 7,278 minutes on the ice. Over the course of his pro career, Merzlikins has recorded 59 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .492.
When they were on the ice last, Florida opposed the Kraken in a game where the Panthers were on the wrong end of the score by a final of 5-2. They had 3 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Panthers scored 2 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they took.
The Panthers have accumulated 76 goals at even strength and 21 goals (16th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. Florida has tried 1,097 shots (1st in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.84%, while allowing their opponents 920 shots. Over the course of the season, the Florida Panthers have tallied 97 goals, 30 points, as well as a points percentage of .517. They have allowed 97 goals to be scored by of a combination of 72 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have recorded 109 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 19.27%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 77.68% on the other teams 112 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.5%.
Across the rink you will find Spencer Knight in net. The opposition is averaging 2.71 goals per contest and he has allowed 126 goals altogether. Knight's percentage of quality starts comes in at 50.0% and he has accumulated 22 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has started in 44 games and has played for a total of 2,788 mins. Knight has amassed a lifetime record of 31-13-6 and has played in 51 contests. He has tallied 1,306 stops out of 1,432 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+255)
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