Pens seek a 2-0 series lead vs. Jackets

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get a chance to extend the lead in their NHL playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets to 2-0 when those teams hit the ice Saturday night.

Pittsburgh paid off on the NHL betting lines in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday night with a 4-3 home victory as a -190 favorite. That extended the Penguins' winning streak against the Blue Jackets to seven games.

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 175 at most Sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

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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.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Penguins sit at 52-24-7 on the season; in comparison, the Columbus Blue Jackets are currently 43-33-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 38-39-6 OU, and Columbus is 40-39-4 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Columbus injuries news.

The Blue Jackets - Penguins odds would favor the Blue Jackets if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 16 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Columbus is at No. 8.

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How Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 6-ranked offense (3.05 goals per game) against a Columbus Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.65 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 23.84% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 81.63% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Columbus lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Penguins on April 16. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds Trends

Columbus is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Columbus's last 17 games
Columbus is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Columbus's last 10 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games when playing Columbus
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Columbus

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to Pittsburgh, Monday, April 21st