Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Penguins versus the Blue Jackets? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The Penguins are favored by -1.5 in this Metropolitan division showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 6.5 goals.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 30th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • With the Penguins being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Penguins.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Can the Penguins Pull Off a Road Win?

As the Penguins head into tonight’s game, they find themselves in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32-30-10. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone 4-6, and they have won two straight games.

On the road this year, the Penguins have gone 12-17-6, and they have been favored in 43 of their 72 games. Over their last three games as the favorite, Pittsburgh has won all three.

On the road this season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 16-19, and they have gone 1-2 vs. the puck line in their last three road games. So far, they have 22 wins by multiple goals and have an average scoring margin of -.4 goals per game away from home.

Overall, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 33-39, and they have gone 2-1 vs. the puck line in their last three games. In their games as the favorite, the Penguins have a puck line record of 17-26, and their average scoring margin when favored is +.5 goals per contest.

This season, Pittsburgh’s games are averaging 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Penguins currently have an over/under record of 29-38-5.

In their last three games away from home, the Penguins have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 24th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 6th in the league. The Penguins went 20-18 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 11-11.

Pittsburgh’s leading goal scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far this season, he has 35 goals, placing him 16th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 43 assists.

Columbus defense takes on the Penguins ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 33.6 shots per game against Columbus. They also are 30th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Columbus, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 48 games in this season. His current record is 19-24, and his save percentage stands at 0.909%.

Are Columbus Ready for a Home Win?

At 58 points, the Blue Jackets sit in 16th place in the Eastern Conference and are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. They have an overall record of 23-38-12 and have lost four straight games. When playing at home, Columbus has gone 13-18-5.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 19-36-11 this season and have lost four straight games as the underdog. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 1-9. In their last five games, the Blue Jackets have gone 0-5 and have lost three straight games as the underdog.

Overall, the Blue Jackets have gone 41-32 against the puck line this season, including going 20-16 at home. They have a puck line mark of 38-28 as the underdog, and their average scoring margin when not favored is at -1 goal per game.

So far this year, Columbus has 15 wins by multiple goals compared to their 8 victories by just one goal. In their last ten games at home, the Blue Jackets have gone 7-3 against the puck line.

Games involving Columbus have an average of 6.5 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 34-35-4.

Through their last three road contests, the Penguins offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 4. Pittsburgh posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.

When looking at their offense, the Blue Jackets have an average of 2.8 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 19th in the league. The Columbus offense is ranked 32nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 29th in the NHL.

Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Boone Jenner. So far this season, he has 22 goals, placing him 86th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Jenner has 13 assists this season.

Columbus defense takes on the Penguins ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 33.6 shots per game against Columbus. They also are 30th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Elvis Merzlikins gets the start and has made 39 starts this season. His record at this point is 12-17, and his save percentage is 0.818%.