Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Puckline Betting Odds & Pick from Jesse Schule: April 20th 2017

| April 20, 2017

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Puckline Betting Pick: Columbus +1.5 -170 odds (April 20th 2017)

The Jackets were out-scored 7-2 in the first two games of this series in Pittsburgh, but they’ve battled back, playing well in Games 3-4 at home. They lost Game 3 despite opening up an early 3-1 lead, but they hung on in Game 4 winning by a score of 5-4. I never expected this series to be easy for the Penguins, and I expect the Jackets to fight to the bitter end. Here is what I said before the series started: “The Blue Jackets owned the best record in the NHL for a long stretch this season, but after slumping at the end of the year they find themselves playing on the road at Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. The Pens will be a big favorite in Game 1, but history tells us that it might not be an easy matchup for Pittsburgh. The key to winning in the playoffs is often goaltending, and Sergei Bobrovsky led the league in GAA and save percentage, and was third in the NHL in wins. The two teams split the season series 2-2, and six of the last eight meetings between the two teams have been decided by just one goal.” After both the last two games in this series were decided by one goal, that makes it eight of the last 12. I’ll take Columbus on the puckline at a reasonable price here in Game 5.

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