The FLORIDA and the COLUMBUS will both be gunning for a victory on 11/15/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
FLORIDA PANTHERS vs COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
|7||FLORIDA||0 (-110)||5.5 -115
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: COLUMBUS , FLORIDA
Oddsmakers currently have the FLORIDA listed as 105-moneyline favorites versus the COLUMBUS, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.
Left wing Mike Hoffman attempts to make history and help the Florida Panthers remain on a roll when they visit the Metropolitan Division-leading Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Hoffman matched Hall of Famer Pavel Bure for the longest point streak in franchise history at 13 games with an assist in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Philadelphia as the Panthers extended their win streak to five.
Hoffman has fit in well on Florida’s top line with captain Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov, who leads the team with 17 points and has at least one in 12 consecutive contests. “They’re just playing great hockey, not over-complicating things,” Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad told reporters of the top line. “When the play is there they make it and they’re some of the best in the world at it. It’s extremely fun to watch Dadonov create things you didn’t think could possibly happen and (Hoffman) has an unbelievable shot.” Columbus, which has won five straight in the series after a 5-4 triumph Oct. 11, climbed into first place after gaining at least a point in the last five contests overall (3-0-2) – including a 2-1 win at Dallas on Monday. “We’ve had some challenges, but we’re setting some things back in place and I think the last couple games we’ve played a lot of good minutes,” Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois told the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s just trying to keep going in that direction.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Florida, FS Ohio (Columbus)
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (7-5-3): Ekblad notched his first goal of the season Tuesday to move into second among defensemen on the club’s all-time list with 54 – passing Jay Bouwmeester and behind only Robert Svehla (61). “It’s been a while,” Ekblad, who has three points and a plus-3 rating, told reporters. “I’ve never waited this long to score a goal at any level. It’s tough mentally to stay resilient.” Roberto Luongo is the fourth goalie at 39-years-old or older to start a season 4-0-0 and the veteran owns a .956 save percentage in five games.
ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (10-6-2): One of the big reasons Columbus has climbed in the standings is the improved play of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed one goal in five of his last six contests. Dubois and fellow forward Cam Atkinson have each recorded a pair of goals in the last two games and are tied for the team lead with eight overall – one better than Josh Anderson and Anthony Duclair (99 career points). Zach Werenski leads the defensemen with 11 points, but blue liner Seth Jones owns nine after registering seven assists in his past five contests.
1. Columbus LW Artemi Panarin, who reportedly missed Wednesday’s practice because of illness, tops the team with 18 points – three in the last eight games.
2. The Panthers have recorded at least one power-play goal in six straight games while the Blue Jackets are 5-for-11 with the man advantage the past four contests.
3. Florida F Jonathan Huberdeau has two goals in the last four games and needs one to reach 100 in his career.
PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2