|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 21 March 2009 09:09|
Hockey odds on the Blue Jackets and Panthers will be for a NHL wagering matchup of a hot team against one that has been in and out. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the hottest teams against the hockey odds in the second half of the season.
From February 7 through March 13 the Blue Jackets went on a NHL wagering run in which they beat the hockey odds 12 out of 17 times to climb into a solid hold of 6th place in the western conference standings.
The main reason for Columbus’ success against the hockey odds has been their 8th ranked defense, led by goaltender Steve Mason, who had a save percentage of .920 and a goals against average of 2.20. On offense, Rick Nash has been a significant asset against the hockey odds with 33 goals and 33 assists.
Columbus has trended slightly over the total on the road against the hockey odds with a mark of 19-16 over the number. From March 3 through March 13 the Blue Jackets went over the number in 5 out of 6 games.
The Florida Panthers have been inconsistent against the hockey odds as of late and, as a result, have fallen to 9th place in the eastern conference standings and one point out of a playoff spot. Florida had an overall NHL wagering record of 34-25-2-7 straight up and 34-22 against the hockey odds.
The Panthers have been a reliable under team against the hockey odds with a mark of 29 overs posted in 67 games including a home mark of just 11 overs in 31 home games. Florida’s strength against the hockey odds is their 10th ranked defense while their offense has been a weakness and ranked 17th.
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun has been stellar with a save percentage of .925 and a goals against average of 2.49. Leading scorer Stephen Weiss had relatively modest numbers with 11 goals and 37 assists.
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