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Pittsburgh Columbus Betting Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets

Pittsburgh Penguins
5-6-0 November 01, 2013, 07:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre 9-4-0

Pittsburgh will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Columbus Blue Jackets pay a visit to Consol Energy Centre.

The Blue Jackets will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 5-6-0 this season, while the Penguins are 9-4-0. Columbus is 4-5-2 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 5-8 versus the number.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as -191 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Penguins and the No. 7-ranked Blue Jackets, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Ducks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at +116 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Bruins on October 30. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -122 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 8-ranked offense (3.15 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.64 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 78.38% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blue Jackets at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games on the road
Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Columbus's last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Columbus

Next up:
Columbus at Pittsburgh, Saturday, November 2nd