Penguins Set To Host Lowly Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets have not had the season that many anticipated. Few people were thinking this team would claim the Stanley Cup, but worst in the East? Nobody saw that coming.
They’ve lost four out of their last five games and have just 18 points. They hope to right the ship against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road on Tuesday but that won’t be easy.
Pittsburgh won its last two games and seven out of its last nine overall. Are the Penguins an easy bet on the NHL betting odds to cash in here?
Blue Jackets Searching for Answers
Columbus made a massive splash during the offseason by snagging Johnny Gaudreau in free agency. Gaudreau made many reconsider how good this Blue Jackets team could be.
The reality is starting to settle in regardless of how great he’s been this year. After their loss to the Red Wings on Sunday, head coach Brad Larsen said, “Mentally, we were not plugged into this one and you could tell.” It seems to be a consistent issue for Columbus.
Whether it’s the fifth-worst offense in the league or the second-worst defense, the Blue Jackets remain stuck in a bad cycle.
The answers to right the ship just haven’t popped up for them yet, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. While Gaudreau will do what he can, those who bet online know that this team just isn’t ready to compete with the best of them yet.
Penguins Big Three Truck Forward
Pittsburgh has been carried onward by its top three skaters and its should lead the way again in this one. Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin have been a steady force as all three have at least 24 points.
Crosby is sitting at 33 points, Guentzel at 24 and Malkin also at 24. That’s what makes this unit the sixth-best scoring offense in the NHL.
Even with defenseman Kris Letang out (due to a stroke), they are still lighting the lamp almost as well as anyone. They shouldn’t have too many problems again in this spot.
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Blue Jackets vs Penguins Head-to-Head
The Blue Jackets and the Penguins have faced off once already this season, with Pittsburgh winning that matchup 6-3.
Blue Jackets vs Penguins Game Information
- Game: Blue Jackets (8-13-2) vs Penguins (13-8-4)
- Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. ET
- Blue Jackets vs Penguins Live Stream: NHL.TV
Blue Jackets vs Penguins Betting Lines
Blue Jackets vs Penguins Picks & Prediction
The Penguins are a huge favorite in the sportsbook and the question is do you want to lay the juice? Both teams are heading in different directions and have been all season long.
The Penguins are the more talented team outright, with their offense being far more productive. Throw in the fact that they already beat Columbus 6-3 this season and this seems like it will play out as expected.
If you don’t want to lay the price, go with the over for your NHL picks or bet the puck line. The Blue Jackets have the second-worst defense in the league and this could be a blowout.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are listed at -275 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Pittsburgh Penguins, you have a chance to win $36. The Columbus Blue Jackets are +235, offering a chance to win $235 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Pittsburgh Penguins a 73.33% chance to win, with the Columbus Blue Jackets at 29.85%.