National Hockey League: Eastern Conference First Round
Game 2 CLB vs. PIT Best of 7: Penguins Lead 1-0
Columbus Blue Jackets (50-24-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (50-21-11)
April 14, 2017- 7:00 PM ET (TV NHL) PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
After a Game 1 win to open up this Best-of-7 series, the Pittsburgh Penguins will seek for another one when they take to the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night in an Eastern Conference matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Blue Jackets Lines: Bovada ML (+140) Spread +1.5
Best Penguins Lines: BetOnline ML (-158) Spread -1.5
Over/Under: 5Dimes 5.5
PPG Paints Arena will be the site once again for Game 2 of this series as the Penguins will have veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury back in net. Fleury was a last-minute replacement in Game 1 as Matt Murray suffered a lower-body injury in pregame warmups.
Suddenly thrust into action, Fleury did what was needed in the crease as he helped lead his team to a 3-1 victory behind 31 saves.
Murray was stellar in the net last season stepping in for the injured Fleury as the Penguins skated their way to the Stanley Cup championship. Fleury was the man as part of Pittsburgh’s 2009 Stanley Cup title making the Pens mighty comfortable no matter who’s between the pipes.
For the Blue Jackets, they will try to assert their will in Game 2 to get out of Pittsburgh with a split heading back to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.
Expected to come out with more of a sense of urgency, the Blue Jackets will need to solve their offensive woes as they averaged just 1.9 goals over their final 10 games in the regular-season and were only able to muster one in the series opener.
Columbus will aim to to be more aggressive with rebounding and second chance shots as the Pittsburgh defense did a great job swarming in front of the net to protect Fleury.
Both teams are expected to dress the same lineups for Game 2 in what may be a “must-have” for the Blue Jackets?
As mentioned, the offense will be key for the Blue Jackets in wanting to steal away Game 2 and as we take a look at the betting lines for our US players, BetOnline is favoring PIT (-158 ML) over CLB with an over/under of 5.5 total game points scored from 5Dimes. Staying with the defending champions, I will favor the Penguins in a (-158) moneyline win over Columbus for the Game 2 win as my best sportsbetting pick.