Blue Jackets vs. Penguins - 12/13/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-6-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (11-15-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSOH
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets play Saturday at the Nationwide Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four of their last six games and will play their second road game of the month. The Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game on the season and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last seven games and have won eight of their last 10 games overall when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Sidney Crosby has 26 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are 9-9 on penalty kills in their last two games. Thomas Greiss has allowed 15 goals on 196 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 47 goals on 637 shots.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have won five straight games and are making progress in their division. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have four power play goals in their last three games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 13 goals, Ryan Johansen has 18 assists and Cam Atkinson has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 50 goals on 619 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 272 shots.
The Penguins are 12-5 in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest and 35-16 in their last 51 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 17-8 in their last 25 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 in their last 11 home games. The Penguins are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
It's tough not to back the Blue Jackets here with the way they're playing and the fact they're catching the Penguins on no rest. I look for Columbus to stay hot by pulling off the upset and the rare win over Pitt.