Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/18/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (34-22-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (29-24-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&TSN, FSOH
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 26.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 32 goals, Sidney Crosby has 47 assists and Phil Kessel has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 100 goals on 1,085 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 38 goals on 472 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 17 goals, Artemi Panarin has 31 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 115 goals on 1,446 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 36 goals on 372 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 19-7 in their last 26 Sunday games and 93-44 in their last 137 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 9-4 in their last 13 Sunday games, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Penguins are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus, 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins remain one of the hottest teams in the league, are really stingy on the defensive side and have had no trouble winning on the end of a back to back. The Penguins have also gotten the better of the Blue Jackets over the years, which includes three straight wins and wins in eight of the last 10 meetings overall. The Columbus Blue Jackets are ice cold right now thanks to a defense that's slipping. I have to ride the hot hand and back the Penguins.