The Panthers enter this game ranked 11th in the NHL with a record of 29-17-5 this season. Florida comes into this matchup 8-2 in their last 10 games, winning four of them in a row before splitting the last two games. The Panthers will need to keep bringing it to win here tonight. The Columbus Blue Jackets are 7th in the NHL, compiling a record of 28-16-9 this season. The Blue Jackets have gone 16-9-2 in their home games this season and have gone 8-1-1 in 10 games this season. Both of these teams have quality players and will play hard to get it done tonight.
Florida Panthers Continue To WinThe Florida Panthers are killing it lately but struggle on the road. The Panthers enter this game ranked 25th in goals allowed per game when on the road. Goalie problems have big the only problem for this Florida squad, they are desperate for some solid play from Sergei Bobrovsky. Look for Bob to be the biggest wildcard here tonight.
On the other side, the Panthers are 7th in the NHL in goals scored per game when on the road. Jonathan Huberdeau has racked up over 60 points so far this season and has been one of the best point scorers in the entire league. Huberdeau will have to come up big to beat this red-hot Columbus team here on the road.
Columbus Blue Jackets Win Big at HomeThe Blue Jackets are ranked 24th in the NHL in goals scored per game when on home ice. Nick Foligno is struggling this season, racking up just over 20 points so far this season. Foligno has looked slow, sloppy, and just flat out terrible for the Jackets this season. He and the others will need to get it together to help spark their offense in this game.
Columbus enters this game ranked 3rd in the NHL when it comes to goals allowed per game when at home.Joonas Korpisalohas been solid this season in net but more of the credit should go towards the skaters for their success. The Blue Jackets have done a great job blocking shots and controlling the puck in the defensive zone.
- Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
- Blue Jackets are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.