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NHL Game Preview - Blue Jackets underdogs vs Penguins at Columbus

Pittsburgh Penguins

Columbus Blue Jackets
28-11-1 December 29, 2013, 06:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 17-17-4

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Columbus and Pittsburgh on Sunday, with the host Blue Jackets trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

The Blue Jackets sit at 17-17-4 on the season; in comparison, the Penguins are currently 28-11-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Columbus is 18-16-4 OU, and Pittsburgh is 16-20-4 OU.

View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -126 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Blue Jackets and the No. 1-ranked Penguins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner on the road against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Blue Jackets were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at +120 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 2.71 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.28 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 17.46% while the Penguins defense kills off 87.39% of their penalties.

A few Penguins at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 8 games
Columbus is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Columbus is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Columbus's last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, Tuesday, December 31st
Columbus at Quebec, Tuesday, December 31st