Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Odds, Free Picks and Parlays


Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
40-23-6 (17-15-2 V)
7:00 pm ET, Thursday, March 12, 2020
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
33-22-15 (20-12-4 H)
TV: AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Odds, Free Picks and Parlays

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Today's Odds

Time Gm# Team Opener Bovada BOnline Public MyBookie
03/12
4:08p
73
74
Pittsburgh
Columbus
-143/+123
5½o-117
-145/+125
5½o-115
-140/+127
5½o-111
63%
o54%
-140/+120
5½o-115

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets  Match Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets' home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday will be the first major league sporting event in North America to be played without fans due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Blue Jackets' decision comes on the heels of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declaring that he will issue an order banning spectators from games in the state.

As for matters on the ice, Columbus finds itself clinging to the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after salvaging the finale of their trek through Western Canada with a 2-1 victory versus Vancouver on Sunday. "I look at our record, some of those overtime losses -- we have 15 of them -- and you wonder if maybe we could turn a few of those around, where would we be?" Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told The Athletic. "We're looking behind us (in the standings), too, but we're looking above, as to how close can we be there." With that in mind, the third-place Penguins moved five points ahead of Columbus after posting a 5-2 victory at New Jersey on Tuesday. "(It) was a step in the right direction, for sure," Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray said. "We did everything we needed to do. ... If we keep building on this one, we'll be in good shape."

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Nationwide Arena.

Oddsmakers opened the Penguins as -140-moneyline favorites versus the Blue Jackets, while the game's total opened at 5.5.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Canucks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +136 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Devils on March 10. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -171 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (40-23-6): Evgeni Malkin collected two goals and an assist in Tuesday's contest to give him four and seven, respectively, during his five-game point streak. "I think the difference between Geno's game this year and Geno's game a year ago is his play on the other side of the puck," coach Mike Sullivan said of Malkin. "... He's making better decisions. And he's paying attention to the details. I give Geno a lot of credit." Bryan Rust, who has three goals and three assists in his last five games, scored in Pittsburgh's 1-0 overtime victory over Columbus on Dec. 12.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (33-22-15): Emil Bemstrom appears to have grown comfortable within the NHL as he has boosted his goal total to 10 in his rookie season by scoring five in his last eight games. The 20-year-old Swede's successful ways have been aided by Tortorella's decision to pair him with linemates Alexander Wennberg and Pierre-Luc Dubois during a game on March 1, with Bemstrom scoring the winning goal late in the third period. "He's one of those guys who has a shot that not more than one or two guys per team have," Dubois said of Bemstrom, per the Columbus Dispatch. "I think he can be one of those players that, you know, every team looks at us and says, 'OK, we've got to make sure this guy doesn't shoot too many pucks tonight, because it could be a long night for us.'"

 

7:00 PM ET W/L ATS Money H A O/U
Pittsburgh 40-23-6-0 31-38 -611 23-8-4-0 17-15-2-0 33-33
Columbus 33-22-11-4 38-32 1 20-12-3-1 13-10-8-3 27-42

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Stats

Team Record Money Offense Defense Fave Dog O/U
Pittsburgh 40-23-6 132.00 3.25 2.84 30-18 9-11 33-33-3
Columbus 33-22-15 -315.00 2.57 2.67 12-12 21-22 27-41-2

Last 5 Games

Pittsburgh Penguins

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Mar 10, 2020 NJ 5-2 W -170 33 22 0/4 2/3 MacKenzie Blackwood A
Mar 8, 2020 CAR 2-6 L -175 30 36 1/7 3/4 Alex Nedeljkovic H
Mar 7, 2020 WAS 2-5 L -130 28 28 1/5 1/1 Braden Holtby H
Mar 5, 2020 BUF 4-2 W -170 32 30 1/3 3/3 Jonas Johansson A
Mar 3, 2020 OTT 7-3 W -320 35 26 1/5 4/4 Craig Anderson H

Columbus Blue Jackets

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Mar 8, 2020 VAN 2-1 W 130 22 27 0/2 3/3 Thatcher Demko A
Mar 7, 2020 EDM 1-4 L 145 46 24 0/3 1/1 Mikko Koskinen A
Mar 4, 2020 CAL 2-3 L 160 22 37 0/1 1/1 Cam Talbot A
Mar 1, 2020 VAN 5-3 W -140 35 39 2/2 2/3 Louis Domingue H
Feb 28, 2020 MIN 0-5 L -130 24 26 0/2 2/3 Alex Stalock H

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Game Lines

Match
Moneyline Puck Line Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+200) -145 O 5.5 (-115)
Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5 (-240) +125 U 5.5 (-105)
DRAW - - -
1st Period
Moneyline Puck Line Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -0.5 (+160) -135 O 1.5 (-130)
Columbus Blue Jackets +0.5 (-215) +105 U 1.5 (EVEN)
DRAW - - -
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