Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blue Jackets vs Penguins Lines
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(33-12-4) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (31-13-5)
Date: Friday February 3rd, 2017
Venue: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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After losing two straight before the All-Star Break, the Columbus Blue Jackets kicked off the second half of the season with a 6-4 win over the Rangers and will look to grab another win over the Penguins.
Pittsburgh, coming off a 4-2 win over Nashville, will look to continue its great stretch at home in PPG Paints Arena and beat the tough, fellow Metro Division Blue Jackets.
Columbus Blue Jackets
You have to give it up for this Columbus team, which is having its best season in franchise history. After a 16-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets have continued to be a solid team and are sitting 2nd in the Metropolitan Division.
The team can’t give up any games to rivals in this division, considering how tough it is. Too many dropped points could result in this Blue Jackets team missing the playoffs in a season when it shouldn’t.
These guys deserve to go to the playoffs, especially goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The 2017 All-Star has a 28-9-2 record with a 2.10 goals against average. He is a big reason why the team has given up the 4th fewest goals in the National Hockey League.
Offensively, fellow All-Star Cam Atkinson needs a shot at the playoffs. He has played lights out all year, scoring 24 goals along with 22 assists. Over his previous five games, Atkinson has three goals including a two-goal game against Ottawa.
Pittsburgh is, and will continue, to nip at the Blue Jackets’ heels in the Metropolitan Division for the rest of this season. This game against Columbus could have big implications down the stretch as we get closer to April.
The top ranked offense in terms of goals scored (176) can beat any team in the league when it’s goal-scorers are playing well. The Penguins average 3.65 goals per game and have been one of the most consistent offensive threats all year.
All-Star Sidney Crosby leads the team with 28 goals and 28 assists, including a goal and five assists over his last five games.
Unfortunately for the Pens, star center Evgeni Malkin is on injured reserve with a left leg injury and won’t be available Friday. He’s been a great asset all year, scoring 22 goals and 32 assists. In his last five games, he had four goals and four assists including a hat-trick against Washington.
Malkin out is definitely a blow but Pittsburgh can still win this game.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Columbus is 4-9 ATS in the last 13 games
- The Total has gone OVER in four of Pittsburgh’s last five games
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction:
This game has the makings of an offensive shoot out. Both teams are great offensively and there should be a lot of goals. I give Pittsburgh the edge because of how good the team is at home. Penguins get the W.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -140
Pittsburgh has the ability to score at will. It’s not out of the ordinary for the team to score six or seven goals in a game, which is very hard to compete with. I like the Pittsburgh money line here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Columbus 3 – Pittsburgh 4
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