Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Hockey: Saturday March 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (Nationwide Arena)
Moneyline: Columbus -145 / Pittsburgh +125
ESPN NHL Pick Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets host the Penguins in the second leg of the home and home series for today’s NHL action.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been on a roll of late having won four of their last five games. They are now on a three game winning streak with their latest victory to have come of the Blue Jackets who they beat 3-0 earlier this week at home in the first match of the home and home encounter. The Penguins sit third in the Metropolitan division with 81pts and are flanked by the Hurricanes who sit at the fourth position with 79pts and the Islanders who are placed second with 85pts. Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan and Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets unlike the Penguins have found themselves more on the receiving end of things of late. With just two wins from their last five games. The Blue Jackets will be desperate for a win here. They would be looking to replay the favor to the Penguins who beat them at home 3-0 earlier this week as they now have the advantage of playing at home. The Blue Jackets are placed fifth on the Metropolitan division with 77pts and are flanked by the Flyers who sit sixth with 72pts and the Hurricanes who sit fourth with 79pts. Blue Jackets are 13-5 in their last 18 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and also are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
NHL Trends by Cover The Spread 365
Pittsburgh is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Columbus’s last 10 games
Columbus is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Columbus is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home
ESPN NHL Pick Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins
There is a reason why Pittsburgh are placed higher than the Blue Jackets in the standings, it can be simply attributed to the fact that the Penguins have been playing better of late than the Blue Jackets. Add to this their previous 3-0 victory over the Blue Jackets earlier this week, it would be tempting to lay the money on the Penguins and you may be right in doing so as well. Add to the fact that the Penguins are 4-1 in the last five meetings between the two teams in Columbus what you get is a clear picture. The Blue Jackets have been struggling lately and one would expect them to start winning eventually but that start might not come against the Penguins this game. Expect the Penguins to take this one.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins +125