Blue Jackets to Get a Home Win & Cut Penguins Series Lead

Columbus Blue Jackets players celebrating

Dana Lane

Sunday, April 16, 2017 4:55 PM GMT

Champion handicapper Dana Lane predicts that the Columbus offense will finally show up in a must-win home game.

There are only a few things that can feel better than cashing a +165 underdog winner as we did last night when the Nashville Predators moved one game closer to eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks, with a convincing 5-0 road victory. 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets  

Tonight, we jump to Columbus, Ohio where the Pittsburgh Penguins are attempting to take a 3-0 series lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Game time is 6:00 ET / 3:00PT.

In order to do that the Jackets must find a way to muster up a little more offensive than the one goal, they’ve scored through two games so far.

Early numbers indicate that bettors have very little faith as 96% of all tickets written are Pittsburgh, puck-line with another 61% taking the Penguins straight-up. I wish everyone the best but I’m never going to lay -315 to get the Penguins +1.5. 

By taking the Blue Jackets at least you know you’re going to get their best effort considering they’re desperate for a win and they’re back home.

Columbus is a team that is mentally strong so I don’t think their mindset is one that thinks this series is over. A word from practice yesterday is that the Blue Jackets looked confident.

They’ll play before a home crowd that hasn’t seen a home playoff game in two seasons so it’s reasonable to expect the atmosphere to be electric.

John Tortorella's team must be better five on five which is easier said than done against my pick to win the Stanley Cup.  Five on Five hockey is a true measuring stick as to how you match up with your opponent and Columbus is failing but let’s not forget that this is still a team that has five players with 50 points or more. 

For your NHL pick, I recommend not to bury Columbus yet as bounce back to grab game three.

 

Free NHL Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets -125Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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