Preview: Columbus at Pittsburgh

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, April 19, 2014
Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Matchup Edge
CLB Edge in: PIT
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


Despite putting a scare into their opposition, the Columbus Blue Jackets still haven't proven they can defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. The Blue Jackets look to rebound after letting a two-goal advantage evaporate and salvage a split of the first two contests of their Eastern Conference first-round series when they visit the Metropolitan Division champions for Game 2 on Saturday. Brandon Sutter scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as Pittsburgh defeated Columbus for the sixth time in as many meetings this season with a 4-3 triumph in Game 1 on Wednesday.

"I have to be better. Four goals is a lot, but it's already past me," said reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who owns an 0-3 career mark in postseason play with a gaudy 4.04 goals-against average. Marc-Andre Fleury, who knows a thing or two about playoff meltdowns, came up big with 31 saves in Game 1. Evgeni Malkin didn't show any rust from a three-week absence due to a foot injury, notching two assists on Wednesday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FSN Ohio (Columbus), ROOT (Pittsburgh)

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS: Pittsburgh native R.J. Umberger participated in practice Friday and is expected to return to action after being sidelined since April 6 with an upper-body injury. "I grew up going to these playoff games, this was my childhood, and earlier in my career, I got a chance to play in Mellon Arena," Umberger said, referring to his time when rival Philadelphia paid a visit. "The atmosphere was great (in Game 1) and I'm anxious and really excited to get in there."

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Kris Letang struggled mightily in Game 1 as the defenseman's turnover led to Derek MacKenzie's short-handed goal while a retaliatory slash gave Columbus a power play. Coach Dan Bylsma was not pleased and limited Letang's ice time accordingly (3:55 in the third period). "I think he got a message," Bylsma said. "Whether it was a voice or not playing or a nice talk, he got a message. And that's something he’s got to be better at and that’s something we've got to be better at as a group."

OVERTIME

1. Columbus LW Nick Foligno (lower body) originally was ruled out for Game 2, but coach Todd Richards said he "looked really good" in practice on Friday and left the door open a sliver for his inclusion in the lineup.

2. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby recorded an assist in Game 1 for his 106th career playoff point, moving him into a tie with Kevin Stevens for third place on the franchise list.

3. The Blue Jackets have lost all five postseason games in franchise history.

PREDICTION: Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Columbus 43-33-5-2 W1 22-15-2-2 21-18-3-0 2-2-0-0 41-31-5-2 16-14-1-0
Pittsburgh 52-24-4-3 L2 29-9-1-3 23-15-3-0 5-4-1-0 47-20-3-3 ---

Last Meeting

Columbus Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/16/14 CLB 3 PIT 4 34 28 1-4 32 31 2-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
CLB J. Johnson 2
PIT B. Bennett 2
Goals Player  
CLB J. Johnson 1
PIT B. Bennett 1
Assists Player  
CLB B. Dubinsky 1
PIT E. Malkin 2
Saves Player  
CLB S. Bobrovsky 28
PIT M. Fleury 31
Season
Total Points Player  
CLB R. Johansen 63
PIT S. Crosby 104
Goals Player  
CLB R. Johansen 33
PIT S. Crosby 36
Assists Player  
CLB J. Wisniewski 44
PIT S. Crosby 68
Saves Player  
CLB S. Bobrovsky 1568
PIT M. Fleury 1624

Quickchart Matchup

Columbus Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.76 GF
2.49 GA
29.7 Shots
28.8 Shots
55 PP
39 PK
Pittsburgh Off vs  Columbus Def
2.96 GF
2.63 GA
30 Shots
30.8 Shots
67 PP
52 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -210 175
105
5.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
-185
170
115
5.5
CarbonSports -200 170
115
5.5
GTBets.eu OFF OFF
110
5.5
Top Bet -210 175
105
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
SBO.ag -220
180
110
5.5
BetDSI -190 165
105
5.5
Sportsbook -200 170
110
5.5
BookMaker.eu -190 165
105
5.5
Vegas Odds
LVH OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Columbus Overall Pittsburgh
43-33-5-2 W/L 52-24-4-3
54-29 ATS 35-48
39-38 O/U 38-39
2.76 Goals For 2.96
2.63 Goals Agnst 2.49
Columbus A/H Pittsburgh
21-18-3-0 W/L 29-9-1-3
29-13 ATS 15-27
18-21 O/U 22-18
2.40 Goals For 3.24
2.74 Goals Agnst 2.29