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Columbus Blue Jackets v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 6:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Pensburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins, 33-22-4, 70 points, 2nd Metro, 5th East
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Columbus Blue Jackets, 29-24-5, 63 points, 6th Metro, 9th East (nice)

Fun fact, since the last time these two teams met, Columbus has 17 points. Pittsburgh has 31.

Season Series

12/21/2017 CBJ 2 @ PIT 3 (SO)
12/27/2017 CBJ 4 @ PIT 5
2/18/2017 PIT @ CBJ
4/5/2018 PIT @ CBJ

Game Preview

There’s nothing to say about this one. This game is a must win, especially given the terrible performance Friday night. The playoff race can slip away quickly if this team doesn’t start winning games.

Go Jackets.

Stats Preview

Pittsburgh Columbus
3.10 (8) GPG 2.57 (28)
2.93 (18) GAPG 2.76 (11)
26.6% (1) PP% 14.7% (31)td>
82.5% (8) PK% 75.8% (27)
51.96% (6) EV Corsi % 51.75% (8)
97.3 (31) EV PDO 99.6 (20)
Evgeni Malkin, 32 G Leader Josh Anderson, 17
Sidney Crosby, 47 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 31
Sidney Crosby, 66 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 46
Ryan Reaves, 84 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 46
11-15-3 Home / Road 17-10-2
8-1-1 Last 10 3-5-2

Probable Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert Lukas Sedlak Jussi Jokinen
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Scott Harrington
Dean Kukan David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Pittsburgh Penguins
Zach Aston-Reese Sidney Crosby Conor Sheary
Carl Hagelin Evgeni Malkin Bryan Rust
Jake Guentzel Riley Sheahan Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon Carter Rowney Ryan Reaves
Brian Dumoulin Kris Letang
Olli Maatta Justin Schultz
Ian Cole Jamie Oleksiak
Matt Murray
Tristan Jarry