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Blue Jackets vs Penguins Hockey Game Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets

Pittsburgh Penguins
12-14-3 December 09, 2013, 07:30 PM | Consol Energy Centre 20-10-1

Consol Energy Centre hosts an NHL battle between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

The Penguins sport a record of 20-10-1 heading into this matchup, while the Blue Jackets sit at 12-14-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-16-3 for the Penguins and 12-14-3 for the Blue Jackets.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Blue Jackets listed earlier today as underdogs of 214 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 1-ranked Penguins and the No. 24-rated Blue Jackets in this matchup.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -129 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.1 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.76 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 26.61% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 80.41% of their penalties.

Next up:
Columbus home to New Jersey, Tuesday, December 10th
Pittsburgh home to New Jersey, Friday, December 13th