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Panthers visit Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL clash

Florida Panthers

Columbus Blue Jackets
21-26-7 February 01, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 27-23-4

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Panthers arrive at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

The Panthers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 21-26-7 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 27-23-4. Florida is 25-24-5 on the totals; Columbus is 29-21-4.

View Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 157 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The Blue Jackets sit at No. 13 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Panthers sit at a No. 26 on the same chart.

Florida was a 6-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Maple Leafs. They lost as +155 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Columbus won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Capitals on January 30. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.94 goals per game, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.15 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 18.48% while the Panthers defense kills off 76.92% of their penalties.

A few Panthers at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 5 games on the road
Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 8 games
Columbus is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Florida home to Toronto, Tuesday, February 4th
Columbus at Anaheim, Monday, February 3rd