Looking to win big? The Blue Jackets and Penguins face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Penguins are hosting the game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6.5 goals, and the Penguins are favored by -1.5 vs. the Blue Jackets.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Penguins to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Can the Blue Jackets Lock in a Road Win?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets are sitting in 16th place in the Eastern Conference with 52 points. They have an overall record of 21-30-10 and have gone 5-5 in their last ten games. On the road, Columbus is 10-14-6 for the season, and they have won two straight games.

Within the Metropolitan Division, the Blue Jackets are in 8th place with a record of 4-15. As the underdog, Columbus has gone 18-28-9 this year, and they have won two straight games when favored.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 33-22 on the season and 35-26 overall. Their average scoring margin on the road is -.7 goals per game.

Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is -.8 goals per game. So far this season, they have 13 wins by multiple goals and 24 losses by more than one goal.

Games involving Columbus have an average of 6.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blue Jackets come in with a record of 30-28-3.

The Blue Jackets are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.

On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 22nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 21st in the league. Columbus’ offense comes into the game ranked 31st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 29th in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Columbus’ offense is Boone Jenner. Coming into the game he has 19 goals, ranking 78th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 10 assists so far.

The Penguins defense is currently 25th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.9 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Jet Greaves comes into the game having made two starts this season. So far, his record is 1-1 and he has a save percentage of 0.259%.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Pittsburgh?

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 15-10-4, and they have won two straight games at home. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 12th place, and in the Metropolitan Division, they are in 7th place. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone just 4-6, and they have lost three straight games overall. For the season, Pittsburgh is 27-24-8, and they have been favored in 37 of their 59 games.

Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Penguins have gone 14-18 this season, and they have gone 18-14-5 when favored. As the favorite, Pittsburgh has won two straight games. In their last three games, the Penguins have gone 0-3, and over their last five games, they have gone 2-3. For the year, Pittsburgh has 62 points.

At home this season, the Penguins have an average scoring margin of +.3 goals per game. So far, they have 18 wins by multiple goals and 15 losses by multiple goals. Their puck line record at home this year is 13-16.

Overall, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 28-31, and their puck line record as the favorite is 14-23. In their last 10 games at home, the Penguins have a puck line record of 4-6.

Games involving Pittsburgh have an average of 5.8 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Penguins come in with a record of 23-33-3.

Columbus has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

When looking at their offense, the Penguins have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 11th in the league. In terms of the Penguins’ offense during power plays, they are 27th in power play goals and 24th in shorthanded goals.

The leading scorer for Pittsburgh’s offense is Sidney Crosby. Coming into the game he has 32 goals, ranking 11th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 31 assists so far.

Pittsburgh defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.9 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 40 starts this season. His record at this point is 17-19, and his save percentage is 0.889%.