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NHL Pick: Lundin betting the Penguins -150 odds over the Blue Jackets on Dec. 21st 2017

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Betting Pick: PIT -150 odds (December 21st 2017)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won only one of their last five games, but I think they’ll get back on track here in the opener of a three-game homestand. “We need to find a way to put some wins together,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby told reporters. “You look at the division, how tight things are, these are big games. We need the points and we want to make sure we finish strong before the Christmas break.”

The Pens will host a Columbus Blue Jackets team that had lost back-to-back games on the road (at Carolina and Boston) before notching a 4-2 home victory against Toronto last night. The Pens meanwhile are well rested and 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on two days rest. The Blue Jackets have lost four of their last five on the road and five of the last six meetings with Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jackets have struggled on defense lately and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 18 goals through his last four contests. The Pens are averaging 3.31 goals per game home at PPG PAINTS Arena and should get the better of the visitors tonight.

My free pick is on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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NHL Pick: Capitals vs. Penguins Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 8th 2017

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Betting Pick: Washington +105 odds (May 8th 2017)

The set-up: The Caps began the third period of Saturday’s Game 5 down 2-1 and 20 minutes away from losing yet another postseason series. However, Washington scored three goals less than eight minutes in, capped by Alex Ovechkin’s fifth goal of this year’s playoffs (he has three assists for eight points). “We’re still down. We take good moments in the game (Saturday) and move forward,” Ovechkin told reporters. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and fellow forward Conor Sheary returned on Saturday from one-game absences due to concussions, with Crosby notching his franchise high-tying 96th playoff assist for his 12th point (four goals, eight assists) in nine contests this postseason.

Washington: Ovechkin has been impressive versus Pittsburgh with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 18 career postseason games. However, the Penguins have enjoyed the last laugh by winning seven of the previous eight series and going on to capture the Stanley Cup after the last two (2009, 2016). While Ovechkin often gets the headlines, countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov continues to be one of the main stories of this series after scoring a goal in each of the last three games to tie Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin for the team lead with five. Goaltender Hotlby held Pittsburgh at bay in the third period and since getting pulled in Game 2 (a 6-2 Pittsburgh win), has stopped 63 of 70 shots (.900 SP), which includes that “own goal” in Game 4.

Pittsburgh: Crosby told reporters that his team needs to focus on puck possession as a means to overcome a huge shot discrepancy in the series (Washington leads 174-115). “I would say just a little bit more zone time,” the two-time Hart Trophy winner – and 2017 finalist – told reporters. “If we can hold on to the puck a little bit more, we should get more shots. I think we’ll generate a little bit more from that.” The Penguins may have won seven of the previous eight series against the Capitals but Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan isn’t interested in history, whether it dates back to last season’s second-round series versus Washington or the events of Game 5. “We have to have a short memory,” Sullivan told reporters. “We just have to reset our mindset and go home and try to put our very best on the ice.”

The pick: Yes, the Capitals lost Game 6 in Pittsburgh last year 4-3 in overtime but the Capitals had won Game 6 in four off the previous series in which they had trailed 3-2. I expect them to win here and extend the series to a Game 7 in Washington?