Penguins open playoffs against Jackets
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins won all five of their games against the Columbus Blue Jackets this season as those teams open a first-round playoff series on Wednesday.
The Penguins ran the table against the Blue Jackets this season, topping them 2-1 on the road in their most recent meeting on March 28 as a favorite on the NHL betting lines. The OVER/UNDER went 2-3 in their five meetings this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Opening Odds and Betting Line
If you're backing the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in this one, they Blue Jackets listed earlier today as underdogs of 155 at most Sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
Computer Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Pick
Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.3-2.9 victory for the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Penguins bring a 51-24-7 record to the battle against the 43-32-7 Blue Jackets. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 37-39-6 so far and the Blue Jackets go 39-39-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Columbus injuries news.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 16-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 8-rated Columbus Blue Jackets in this matchup.
How Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Stats Matchup
Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 6-ranked offense (3.04 goals per game) against a Columbus Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.63 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 23.38% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 82.14% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Columbus was a 3-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Panthers. They won as -115 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Senators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Senators at +145 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds Trends
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Columbus's last 16 games
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Columbus's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games when playing Columbus
Next Betting Matchups
Columbus at Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 19th