Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(32-22-6) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (35-23-2)
Date: Tuesday February 26th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blue Jackets -115 | Penguins +100
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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After dropping three of four games at one point, the Blue Jackets have won two straight games while also knocking on the door of second place within the Metropolitan standings. They will also need to continue winning as the Carolina Hurricanes are also just behind them in fourth place within the division.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost three of their last five games as they halted a two-game winning streak in their last outing versus the Philadelphia Flyers. In all, the Penguins played well during the contest, however, fell in overtime due to a Claude Giroux goal.
The Penguins were not able to hold on to a 3-1 lead early in the final period as the Flyers were able to score 4 unanswered goals to force overtime as well as seal the victory in the end. Sidney Crosby along with Avengi Malkin each scored goals for Pittsburgh as the team had 43 shots on goal.
However, the FLyers had 37 shots on the night as James-van Reimsdyk scored on a power play goal in the final period while Jakob Voracek also scored on a goal at the 19:40 mark to force the extra session. In all, Pittsburgh halted a two-game road winning streak with the loss.
And while the defense for the Penguins can be a bit shaky, their offense ranks within the top ten of teams within the NHL in goals per game (3.4) along with 34.5 shots on goal. Also, they picked up a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last meeting in January as the Penguins jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first while cruising to victory.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Despite a rough patch of outings recently, the Blue Jackets are looking to erect themselves in winning two-straight games. In fact, they picked up their second straight shutout victory versus the top-seeded team in the Pacific division in the San Jose Sharks in their last time out.
Each team had 26 shots on goal for the night while Sergei Bobrovsky was perfect in goal on the night with 26 saves. Cam Atkinson scored on a power play goal in the second period to make the score 3-0 while Pierre-Luc Dubois seled the win with a goal in the final period to seal the impressive victory.
They will look to continue this momentum while also getting payback for the 4-2 loss to the Penguins earlier in the year. In this matchup, Columbus got on the board first with a goal by Scott Harrington; However, the Penguins scored three unanswered to end the first period en route to the victory.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Penguins are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
- Home team is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
- Over is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings in Columbus.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
- Favorite is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under
With the defense playing so well for the Blue Jackets at this point in the season, look for them to give Pittsburgh headaches on the offensive end in this contest. It is for this reason that I will pick the under ot be the play in this Tuesday night matchup amongst these two teams. In all, the total will not surpass the 5.5 mark in this contest.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Penguins 1 – Blue Jackets 2
Columbus is not only looking to make a play for second place within the division, as pointed out. However, they are also looking to keep Carolina at bay as well with the Hurricanes surging fast as of late. Look for them to have enough to pull out a slim victory while relying on their defense to neutralize the Pittsburgh offense throughout.
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