The Pittsburgh Penguins Can Win Because…
They own this series. The Pens have won five straight meetings between the teams and 13 of 18. On top of that, Blue Jackets stalwart goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky might not be 100%. He’s dealing with the flu and wasn’t able to finish Tuesday’s game. He’s supposedly feeling better but playing against Pittsburgh, he’ll need to be at his best.
The Blue Jackets are just 13-18 on the year when facing a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh should be able to get back on track here.
The Columbus Blue
Jackets Can Win Because…
The Pens are in the midst of their worst stretch of the season. They’ve dropped six of eight and have forgotten how to score goals. They have just four in their last three games, which is startling for this type of team. The injuries are catching up to them as Evgeni Malkin is now out while Kris Letang and Paul Martin are still sidelined too. What’s worse is that they’ve lost three straight at home where they supposedly play markedly better.
The Pens are just a bad choice for your NHL picks right now. Bet against them.
Outlook & Pick
It’s tough to back the Pens but I’ll give it a shot. They are a road dog on the NHL odds in Columbus facing a team they’ve traditionally dominated. The Blue Jackets have dropped three of their last four at home and even though Pittsburgh is in a back-to-back situation, I think they get the win on Friday night.
Free Pick: Pens +105 at Pinnacle