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Penguins Look to Complete the Sweep of Columbus in Close Betting Matchup

With a 3-0 lead in their series with the Blue Jackets, the Penguins are well on their way to yet another appearance in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The highest-scoring team this postseason, Pittsburgh has outscored Columbus 12-6 through the first three games and will be looking to deal their Metropolitan Division rivals their 10th loss in their last 11 games.

SHARK BITES
  • The Penguins are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games and 6-1 on the puckline in their last 7.
  • The Blue Jackets are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games against their division.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky’s save percentage this postseason is .897, Marc-Andre Fleury’s is .945.

Most expected this series to be a little bit more competitive with no Kris Letang roaming the blue line for the Penguins but that hasn’t been the case. The Penguins have been out-chancing their opponents by a wide margin despite the shots for the series being fairly even and Sergei Bobrovsky has been getting hung out to dry early and often.

Game 4 opened with the Penguins as slight underdogs but after a flood of public money, they’ve become the favorites and will most likely close that way. The Pens were not good on the road in the regular season but after outshooting the Jackets by 10 last game, it looks like those demons have been somewhat exorcised.

For totals bettors, the trends seem to be leveling out after four OVERs in four games last night. Tonight’s total of 5.5 is in danger with the two teams averaging a total of 72 shots combined in the series so far and I’ll be taking a piece of it myself.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets were listed earlier today as -120 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.9-1.6 win for the Penguins on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Columbus will face the 53-21-11 Penguins. In totals betting, the Blue Jackets are 33-46-6 in over under betting so far this season while the Pittsburgh Penguins are 48-32-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Columbus Blue Jackets and the No. 5-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Columbus's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.82 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 19.82% while the Penguins defense kills off 79.85% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +116 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
  • Columbus is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Columbus is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Columbus's last 13 games
  • Columbus is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Columbus, Thursday, April 20th

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