Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (45-25-11) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (36-37-7)

Game Info: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -476 / Columbus Blue Jackets +345 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Friday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-37-7. Through 80 games, the Blue Jackets are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 14th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 27th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.63 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd-ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 45-25-11. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 81 games, the Penguins have scored 267 goals, giving them an average of 3.26. This output gives them a rank of 11th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.7 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Columbus Blue Jackets leader in points is Jakub Voracek. In his team's 80 games, he has come up with 5 goals and 54 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 3.6%. However, when on the ice, the Blue Jackets are -13 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Oliver Bjorkstrand. Of his 26 goals, 31.0% have come during power play time. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.25 goals per game. Through 81 games, Pittsburgh's leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 40 goals and 43 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 83. On the season, he is turning 15.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Penguins have benefited from the strong play of Sidney Crosby, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Pittsburgh's 81 games, he has come up with 31 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.42 goals per game. In his 58 games played, he has turned in 35 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Columbus's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 46-31-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-17-1. On the season, 69.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 39-41-1. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 22-18. On the season, 56.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Look for two above-average offensive units to combine to surpass the over-under betting line set at 6 goals.

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