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Columbus Blue Jackets-Pittsburgh Penguins NHL betting

March 3, 2017 NHL Hockey

Fans who bet on NHL will be able to do some NHL betting at SBG Global sportsbook on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins game on Friday at Columbus Blue Jackets-Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

The BJs returned from the all star break with a 6-4 win over the Rangers on Tuesday, thus snapping the two-game losing streak off of which they went to on said all star break. Columbus is second on the Metro division with 70 points, and the two points against a divisional team allows them to put a little heat on the Caps. However, the Jacks almost didn’t get those two points. Columbus had a comfortable 6-0 lead before they allowed the Rangers to score four goals in the third period. Seth Jones had two goals, Alexander Wennberg had three points, Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert scored, Zach Werenski had two assists and Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves for the Blue Jackets. Columbus have won six of their last 13 games and defeated the Rangers for the second time in three encounters. The BJs started the last stretch with 18 out of 34 games against Metro Division teams. Columbus has improved to 23-6-3 when scoring the first goal and to 21-1-2 when ahead after two periods. The Jackets will play the Rangers again on February 13th prior to wrapping up the five-game season series at Madison Square Garden on February 26th.

The Penguins snapped their own two-game losing streak in Tuesday with a 4-2 win over the Predators. Evgeni Malkin was still out with a lower back injury, so head coach Mike Sullivan moved Patric Hornqvist to first-line right wing with center Sidney Crosby, and the gambit paid off – Hornqvist scored two goals to help his team prevail. In addition to that, goalkeeper Matt Murray made 37 saves after losing two consecutive games in regulation for the first time in his career. That’s the good news for the Penguins and Pittsburgh NHL betting fans. The bad news for the Penguins and Pittsburgh fans who bet on NHL is that forward Connor Sheary is set to miss 4 to 6 weeks with an upper body injury. Sheary had one assist against the Predators but did not practice on Wednesday. The forward has 17 goals, 18 assists, and 35 points in 42 games this season. In addition to Sheary and Malkin, fourth-line center Matt Cullen will be out for six games. “[Malkin is] progressing,” Sullivan said, but “he’s not to the point yet where he’ll join the team” on Friday against Columbus. The Penguins recalled forward Carter Rowney from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and forward Tom Kuhnhackl could hit the ice on Friday too to fill in the gaps. “We know we have guys that can fill different roles,” added Sullivan. Nonetheless, these absences could very well weigh on the minds of people who bet on NHL as they prepare to do a little NHL betting on this game.

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