Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh -134 / Columbus +112 / over-under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets take the ice at the Pittsburgh Penguins in Thursday NHL action.
The Columbus Blue Jackets squeezed by New Jersey 2-1 in a SO on the road Tuesday to end a two game skid. Travis Zajac scored in the second for the Devils of assists from Blake Coleman and Andy Greene. Cory Schneider recorded 17 saves to secure a point for the Devils.
Cam Atkinson scored in the first for Columbus with David Savard and Markus Nutivaara providing assists. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin lit the lamp in the SO for the Blue Jackets to make a winner of Sergei Bobrovski and his 29 saves.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three of four following a 3-2 overtime victory against visiting Florida on Tuesday. Henrik Borgstrom and Vincent Trocheck tallied for the Panthers while Mike Hoffman posted two helpers. Roberto Luongo was charged with four goals on 37 shots to salvage a point for Florida.
Jake Guentzel and Sydney Crosby scored second period goals for the Penguins with Guentzel netting the overtime winner. Crosby added a pair of assists and Matt Murray picked up the win with a 32 save effort.
Blue Jackets are 10-3 in their last 13 vs. Metropolitan and Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and Penguins are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and Penguins are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Blue Jackets are 4-18 in the last 22 meetings in Pittsburgh and Blue Jackets are 10-25 in the last 35 meetings and favorite is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.
I shy away from backing Pittsburgh as a rule so I’d take a crack at the over or look for another opportunity…