Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/26/14
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Series Tied 2-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -175 / Columbus Blue Jackets +160 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Consol Energy Centre in game five.
Columbus picked up their first ever home win in the postseason with a 4-3 overtime decision versus Pittsburgh. The win couldn't have come at a better time with the Penguins threatening to take a 3-1 series lead after jumping out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes before the Blue Jackets chipped away and eventually tied it up with a mere 24 ticks remaining in regulation when Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed a puck behind his net.
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Things began nicely for Pittsburgh who received first period goals from Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Craig Adams. Fleury faced a lot of rubber with a 42 save performance that was overshadowed by his late miscue. Nick Foligno won it in the extra session with his goal at the 2:49 mark that was made possible by Brandon Dubinsky's tally in the final half minute off a feed from Ryan Johansen. Johansen also scored with Boone Jenner supplying the other goal to make Sergei Bobrovsky's 22 stops hold up.
This was a possible series changing win for the Blue Jackets and a bitter defeat for the Penguins who had a 3-1 series lead staring them right in the face. Pittsburgh has the veterans to overcome such a disappointment and are great at home but do appear vulnerable at times. I'll be looking hard at this one as I wait for a line but I'm leaning over right now...