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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers 04/03/2021 NHL Predictions, Picks & Previews
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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers 04/03/2021 – The Florida Panthers will begin the second two-game series of a short home stand when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, 07:00 PM at the BB&T Center. The former is looking to make it five wins in a row and seize the No. 1 spot in the Central Division. Despite having a banged-up roster, the Panthers were able to keep themselves afloat. In fact, the best sportsbook online for NHL tag them up as the favorites with a -150 price against the Blue Jackets, who are pegged as underdogs at +125. Unlike Florida, Columbus is in a relatively tough position having lost their fifth in six games as the Tampa Bay Lightning notched a 3-2 win on Thursday. The game will be broadcasted live on BSFL and BSOH, with simulcast streaming on NHL.TV.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers 04/03/2021
When: Saturday, April 3, 7:00 PM ET
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
TV: BSFL | BSOH
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers 04/03/2021 Betting Odds:
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets ended the month of March with a huge upset win over the Lightning – a win that snapped a previous losing skid as it appeared that they were about to flip the switch and make a serious push for a playoff spot. But just as when they were about to take off, Tampa Bay immediately bounced back and sent them crashing back to earth. The team, however, must recognize that it’s just a minor setback as entry to the playoffs is still within their reach. As of the current standings, Columbus Blue Jackets are at sixth place with 14 wins in 38 games for 36 points – just three short of the fourth-best record in the division held by the Nashville Predators. The series against the Panthers will be the last of a six-game road trip for the Blue Jackets. Underdogs against the surging Florida squad, the Blue Jackets will have to brace for an intense war on ice. It will take an immense amount of effort on both ends if they intend to head back home with success.
Players to watch: O. Bjorkstrand RW (G 13 A 17 PTS 30), C. Atkinson RW (G 13 A 12 PTS 25), J. Roslovic C G 6 A 16 PTS 22).
Not even injuries could impede the Panthers from collecting a string of wins that have fortified their position in the Central Division. Now tied with first-placed Lightning with 52 points, the Panthers are more than thrilled with the chance to step at the top when they take on the struggling Blue Jackets at home on Saturday. The team is upbeat of their current state heading into the two-game series despite some of their key players still expected to miss action due to respective injuries. It’s unfortunate to see members of the team spend time on the sidelines with health issues, but the rest of the Panthers refuse to feel bad about the situation. Instead, they utilize it to build team character, which would be essential when they enter the hostile competition in the postseason.
Players to watch: J. Huberdeau LW (G 14 A 28 PTS 42), A. Barkov C (G 13 A 24 PTS 37), C. Verhaeghe C G 17 A 15 PTS 32).
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Florida Panthers Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 6 games.
Blue Jackets vs Panthers Betting Picks
The Panthers have proven, at least in their current winning streak, that they do not need to rely on mere talent to win games on the ice. Despite being short-handed, Florida has shown how lethal it can be when the rest of its players buy into the principles of winning – and it will manifest anew on Saturday. The Panthers will notch their fifth consecutive win as they are set to take down the visiting Blue Jackets in a slugfest at BB&T Center. The latest NHL odds predict a high-scoring game, but conditions heading into the game could force the totals to go under the market line. With less offensive weapons, the Panthers are expected to raise their defensive intensity that would disrupt the offensive flow of their visitors.
Score Prediction: Blue Jackets 2, Panthers 4.