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NHL betting line favors Blue Jackets over Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins

Columbus Blue Jackets
46-22-5 March 28, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 37-29-6

The Columbus Blue Jackets battle the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday in NHL betting action at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets are 37-29-6 so far on the season. The Penguins, meanwhile, are 46-22-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Columbus go 36-32-4 and the Penguins go 34-33-6 on the totals.View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Blue Jackets in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -110 on most hockey betting menus early today for Friday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

The Blue Jackets sit at No. 21 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Penguins sit at a No. 14 on the same chart.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Kings at +109 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

In their last action, Columbus was a 4-2 winner at home against the Red Wings. Bettors on Columbus at -141 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.83 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.51 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 17.34% while the Penguins defense kills off 85.59% of their penalties.

A few Penguins at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 16 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games
Columbus is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
Columbus is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Columbus's last 16 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Chicago, Sunday, March 30th
Columbus at Carolina, Saturday, March 29th