Blue Jackets vs. Penguins - 4/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (42-24-11) at Columbus Blue Jackets (38-35-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSOH, NHL
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets play Saturday at the Nationwide Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have three power play goals in their last four games and have won 13 straight when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Sidney Crosby has 54 assists and Brandon Sutter has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 135 goals on 1,699 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 46 goals on 526 shots.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to build on their eight-game winning streak. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have two power play goals in their last four games and have won 12 straight when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 27 goals, Ryan Johansen has 43 assists and Scott Hartnell has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 125 goals on 1,494 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 78 goals on 897 shots.
The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 97-44 in their last 141 games playing on 2 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 4-10 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-1 in their last 12 overall. The Penguins are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Columbus and 11-4 in the last 15 meetings overall.
While the Penguins are the better team, I've been backing the Blue Jackets during this streak and it's paid every team. Why not? They're the hottest team in the league. Take Columbus again until that money train stops moving.