Blue Jackets vs. Penguins - 3/11/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (34-24-8) at Columbus Blue Jackets (28-31-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +109 / Pittsburgh Penguins -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSOH
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets clash Friday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 29 assists and Phil Kessel has 219 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 114 goals on 1,452 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another win after winning 10 of their last 17 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 24 goals, Boone Jenner has 15 assists and Cam Atkinson has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 66 goals on 808 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-6 in their last 7 Friday games. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
We're getting a decent Blue Jackets team at home with the plus money. That's pretty solid value considering the Penguins haven't exactly been lighting the world on fire and have lost five of their last seven to the Blue Jackets.