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NHL Betting Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers 4/11/2024

Columbus Blue Jackets (26-40-12) vs. Florida Panthers (48-24-6)

In an intriguing matchup that sees the Columbus Blue Jackets visiting the Florida Panthers at the Amerant Bank Arena on Thursday, April 11, 2024, fans and bettors alike are gearing up for an exciting clash. The Panthers, boasting an impressive 48-24-6 record, are looking to cement their status as one of the NHL’s elite teams against a Blue Jackets side that has struggled this season, with a 26-40-12 standing. This game, scheduled for a 7:00 PM ET puck drop and available on ESPN+, is a prime target for those active on top live betting websites, offering a clear glimpse into the contrasting fortunes of both teams this regular season.

Columbus Blue Jackets, even though they have the not-so-good record, have however shown many sparks of potential particularly through their offensive game which Johnny Gaudreau has led 58 points (11 goals and 47 assists). Nevertheless, crossing the barrier of Panthers’ formidable defense, which in turn is a key pillar of their success this season, is quite difficult. It is necessary for the Blue Jackets to exploit their offensive abilities. Inter alia players like Zach Werenski and Kirill Marchenko are essential contributors in that play and should be given more responsibility if the team wants to penetrate the Panthers’ defense and find scoring opportunities.

On a positive note, when it comes to offense, the Florida Panthers have held the top spot this season with center Sam Reinhart’s stunning 90 points from 53 goals and 37 assists, and a notable contribution of 84 points from left-winger Matthew Tkachuk. The combination of Panthers strong offensive performance, perhaps thanks to Aleksander Barkov’s leadership and scoring prowess makes the Blue Jackets’ defense even more daunting for the opponent’s squad. The Panther’s skills in achieving power play goals as well as their aggressive offensive approach call for the Blue Jacket’s defensive group’s tactical ability and stability to be put to the test.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers Game Info

When:Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 7:00 PM ET
Where:Amerant Bank Arena
TV:ESPN+
Stream:NHL.TV

 

Goaltender Jet Greaves vs. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky

Jet Greaves, who has impressed in his first 5 games posting a save percentage of .924, is creating hope for the Blue Jackets. However, the match against the Panthers, which is known for their high offensive score, specifically his performance will be an important one. Greaves’ skill in parrying the Panthers’ shots on the net, while still retaining his serenity in the tense situations is going to be one of the reasons to keep the Blue Jackets competitive during this fixture.

On the contrary, Sergei Bobrovsky, an experienced goaltender for the Panthers, brings experience and a good .913 save percentage over 56 games. Bobrovsky was the central figure of this teams’ results. His efficiency and his attempts to prevent the Blue Jackets’ offense will be a major factor for the result of the game.

 

NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

Betting odds for this matchup remain TBD, but given the Panthers’ superior record and home advantage, they are likely to be favored. Bettors should keep an eye on the moneyline and total odds as they become available, as there could be value in backing the Panthers or exploring over/under bets based on both teams’ recent performances.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends

The Blue Jackets’ recent form, with a 2-3 record in their last 5 games both straight up and against the spread, besides their just a bit better stretches on their way (21-17 ATS), give us a bit of confidence that they can compete as well. Although they are quite capable of it, their suboptimal overall season play and defensive problems might prevent them from compensating for the spread against a strong Panthers team.

 

Florida Panthers Betting Trends

The latest performance of Panthers – 3 wins against 2 losses in their last 5 games, and 27 covers out of 14 road games, means that they are not only winners but proved to be a trustworthy ATS team. Overall, their mastery of offense, home court advantage, and road road performance make them tough opponents for the Blue Jackets.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers 4/11/24 Betting Picks

Florida Panthers rank stronger and they possess a considerable edge, especially on the offensive end and in goalkeeping, based on our analysis and betting trends. The Blue Jackets will have an uphill task ahead of them, particularly when it comes to getting past the Panthers’ defense and all the rest of their offensive explosions.

Considering these factors, the better pick is the Florida Panthers, especially for those looking at NHL free picks today. Prop bets on goal scorers and the over/under might offer additional value, given the offensive capabilities of both teams.

 

Free Pick and Prediction: Florida Panthers 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

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