Blue Jackets vs Penguins Prediction NHL Picks 3/28/24

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-30-10) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (23-37-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -222 / Columbus Blue Jackets +175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Blue Jackets vs Penguins betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Thursday, March 28th at the PPG Paints Arena. We will take a look at: 

-The Columbus Blue Jackets recent form and recent player performance

-The Pittsburgh Penguins recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Blue Jackets and Penguins. 

Penguins Impressed Against Hurricanes

The Penguins faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes in the last game and they were able to secure the 4-1 victory. Sidney Crosby had a strong game, putting up one goal and adding two assists. The Penguins are averaging 2.92 goals while their defense is giving up 2.98 goals per game. The offense is ranked 24th in the league, while the defense is ranked 14th. Sidney Crosby has scored 35 goals and added 41 assists. 

Blue Jackets Defense Struggled

The Blue Jackets in the last game faced off against the Arizona Coyotes, and they were defeated 6-2. In the third period they gave up four goals and that type of defensive output can’t happen again. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.85 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.67 goals per game. The offense is ranked 25th in the league, while the defense is ranked 31st. Johnny Gaudreau has scored 11 goals and added 43 assists so far this season. 

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Bryan Rust has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Evgeni Malkin has recorded an assist in nine of the Penguins' last 10 games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Evgeni Malkin has recorded at least one point in 13 of his last 14 home appearances against the Blue Jackets.
  • Ryan Graves has recorded two assists against the Blue Jackets this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Johnny Gaudreau has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances at PPG Paints Arena.
  • Jake Christiansen has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Jake Christiansen has recorded a point in each of his last four appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Alexandre Texier has recorded two points against the Penguins this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 31st in the league in power play percentage this season (14.35%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 30th in the league in penalty minutes this season (529).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 31st in the league for goals against per game this season (3.67).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (15.03%).

Penguins vs Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets defense has been a major issue all season, and they are going to really struggle to defend in this game. In the last game the defense gave up six goals and the y are going to give up at least that here. This game is going to get out of hand early, The Penguins' offense hasn’t been great overall, but they are going to run up the score here. Back the Penguins.

Shane’s Pick Penguins ML

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