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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 03/12/2020 Betting Previews, Game Analysis and Spread
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 03/12/2020 – Columbus will host Pittsburgh on Thursday with no fans allowed inside the Nationwide Arena to become the first major league sporting event in North America to hold a game behind closed doors amidst the rising concern regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order that would “ban spectators from games in the state,” as teams across the league are beginning to employ their respective precautionary measures to combat worldwide health crisis. But as the games continue, it should be business as usual for both the Blue Jackets and the Penguins who are on their respective missions heading to their clash. The Penguins, who lead the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division ladder by three points, are favored on the road at -145 based on the NHL Odds. The home team is pegged at +125.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 03/12/2020
When: Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 03/12/2020 Betting Odds:
Pittsburgh Penguins heaved a sigh of relief after their 5-2 win against New Jersey on Tuesday. They hit the rough road recently as they faltered in eight of a previous 10-game stretch leading to the match against the Devils. The lackluster register included an uncanny six-game slide in a nine-day span that dragged them back in the Metropolitan race. The latest triumph enabled the Penguins to reestablish a comfortable cushion against the Blue Jackets who are chasing them in fourth place. “(It) was a step in the right direction, for sure,” Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray said. “We did everything we needed to do. If we keep building on this one, we’ll be in good shape.”
Players to watch: Evgeni Malkin (GP 55, G 25, A 49, PTS 74), Sidney Crosby (GP 41, G 16, A 31, PTS 47), Bryan Rust (GP 55, G 27, A 29, PTS 56).
Columbus Blue Jackets
The victory over the Canucks in Vancouver on Sunday was huge for the Blue Jackets as they were able to keep their grasp on the last wildcard place in the Eastern Conference. While they rued their past losses which could have gone their way if not for the bad breaks, the Blue Jackets are keeping their sights ahead as they continue to fan their hopes in advancing to the next round. 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?” head coach John Tortorella said in a report. “We’re looking behind us (in the standings), too, but we’re looking above, as to how close can we be there.”
Players to watch: Pierre Luc-Dubois (GP 70, G 18, A 31, PTS 49), Gustav Nyquist (GP 70, G 15, A 27, PTS 42), Zach Werenski (GP 63, G 20, A 21, PTS 41).
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions
Penguins are 15-6 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest.
Blue Jackets are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a home underdog.
Penguins vs Blue Jackets Betting Picks
Saying that the Penguins are now back at their destructive form could be an overstatement for now. But assessing it based on their progress from the forgettable slump, Pittsburgh is slowly rediscovering their poise and it will manifest as they collide against the Blue Jackets. The Penguins will come through with a hard-earned victory to post their second straight win and they are fourth in the last six games.
Score Prediction: Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 2