The Columbus Blue Jackets (37-26-3) meet the Pittsburgh Penguins (35-22-9) in a clash between the two Metropolitan Division rivals at the Nationwide Arena on Saturday night.
These two teams were also due to battle it out in the reverse fixture in Pittsburgh on the Thursday evening before this game and they also faced each other at the Nationwide Arena in late February, with the Penguins coming out 5-2 winners on that occasion.
The Blue Jackets last result prior to the aforementioned scheduled fixtures was a 2-1 shootout win on the road at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday evening. You can watch the highlights video below…
The Blue Jackets are currently averaging 3.09 Goals per Game, leaving them 11th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they have allowed 2.98 Goals per Game (tied 14th). In terms of individual NHL stats, Cam Atkinson has scored 36 goals to date, while Artemi Panarin has registered 48 assists.
Before Thursday’s game against the Blue Jackets on home-ice, the Penguins were last in action when winning 3-2 in overtime against the Florida Panthers on home-ice on Tuesday evening.
At present the Penguins are averaging 3.45 Goals per Game (5th overall). They are allowing 3.06 Goals per Game (tied 17th). On an individual basis, Jake Guentzel has 33 goals for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby has recorded 56 assists.
Predictions for this game are difficult, with both teams very much involved in the race for the playoffs, but each of them having some mixed results of late. With so little to choose between the teams, home-ice advantage could prove the decisive factor. On that basis, the Blue Jackets are the tips on the Money Line odds in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Columbus Blue Jackets