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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets (22-13-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (18-16-3)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -161 / Columbus Blue Jackets +139 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, AT&TSN

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Wednesday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 12.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 13 goals, Artemi Panarin has 23 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 71 goals on 911 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 21 goals on 236 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 20 assists and Sidney Crosby has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 70 goals on 741 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 23 goals on 282 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.

The Blue Jackets are 9-0 in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 Wednesday games and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 77-28 in their last 105 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Pittsburgh, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of those teams that needed the break to clear their heads and figure out why they're struggling so badly. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been hit or miss for much of the season and a lot of those letdowns have taken place on the road. I hve not given up on the Penguins and think the break should have helped this veteran club. Pittsburgh has treated the Blue Jackets like a punching bag over the years. Give me the Penguins on their home ice.

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