The Penguins take on The Blue Jackets on Friday, 17th February 2017. Both the teams will be fighting to reach the second position in the Metropolitan division.

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NHL’s two strongest teams will be battling it out against each other on the 17th February 2017. The Blue Jackets will be against the Penguins at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio. The team’s last two meetings have resulted in splits with the Penguins winning the match that happened in February whereas the Jackets won the match that took place in December.

Pittsburg Penguins

After their stellar victory against the Jets last night, the Penguins are inching their way to the second place in the Metropolitan Division along with the Blue Jackets. The Penguins Rank 15th in allowing goals which is an average of 2.8 goals. When it comes to power play, the team has a 21.9% success rate. The Penguins have a relatively weaker performance where penalty killing is concerned as they only have a success rate of 79%.
The Penguins stand on two points higher than the Blue Jackets which give them a better chance of winning the game. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby has scored 28 goals, Evgeni Malkin is on 32 assists and Conor Sheary is on 102 shots on goal. Overall, the Penguins are on 77 points this season.

The Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets are on an average of 3.2 goals and is on the 3rd rank in power plays. The defense of the team is strong at allowing goals with 2.4 goals a game. The penalty killing of the team is ranked at 82.1% for power plays. Their recent victory was against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 5-2 win. The Blue jackets are on a total of 77 points this season. The team has slowed down after their 16 game winning streaks but is still keeping up in the competition to secure the 2nd position in the Metro position.

Recent Betting Tips:

Penguins

In the last 7 games, Penguins are on 5-2 with 0 days rest
In their last 53 the Pittsburgh Penguins are 39-14
Penguins stand on 38-17 in their last 55 against a winning record team
During their last 17 games, the Penguins are on 12-5 of a 3 in 4 days scenario.

Columbus:

In their Last Five vs. Metropolitan, the Blue Jackets are on 1-4
In the last 11 Friday games the Blue Jackets are on 10-1
The jackets are in 3-8 in 11 games on 1 days Rest
Columbus Blue Jackets stand on 10-2 in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing record

Betting Odds

Odds offered by Bet365 for Pittsburg Penguins is 1/1

Odds offered by Bet365 for Columbus Blue Jackets is 5/6

Final Verdict

After last nights win against the Jets, the Penguins seem to be riding high on their winning streak. It has been a struggle all along for the Blue Jackets since they have won only one out of their last 5 games. Therefore, the Pens look like the clear winners of this match.

Our Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

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