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Game #67 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins

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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00 EST
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: NBCSN - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Pensburgh

Columbus Blue Jackets, 37-26-3, 79 points, 4th Metro, 7th East
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Pittsburgh Penguins, 35-22-9, 77 points, 5th Metro, 9th East

Get the win. That’s all that matters. Find a way to finally beat these guys.

Player to Watch

Jake Guentzel

Jake Guentzel has 7-4-11 in 9 career games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, including four goals in two games this season. Columbus will have to slow him down for the first time since he came into the league to have a chance to win.

Jackets Notes

The Jackets posted 45.74% of shot attempts, 38.1% of scoring chances, and 27.27% of high danger chances Tuesday night against the Devils ... Alex Wennberg went 0-7 from the faceoff circle while failing to register a shot attempt ... Cam Atkinson scored his career high 36th goal of the season, and is one point shy of tying his career high of 62 for a season

The Other Bench

Matt Cullen played his 1500th NHL game on Tuesday, becoming just the 20th player in NHL history to cross the threshold ... Sidney Crosby crossed the 1200 career points mark on Tuesday ... The Penguins only had 3 shots on goal in the first 15 minutes of the game, struggling to generate offense against the Florida Panthers

Season Series

11/24/2018 CBJ 2 @ PIT 4
02/26/2019 PIT 5 @ CBJ 2
03/07/2019 CBJ @ PIT
03/09/2019 PIT @ CBJ

Stats

Pittsburgh Columbus
3.45 (5) GPG 3.09 (11)
3.06 (17) GAPG 2.98 (15)
25.4% (5) PP% 15.5% (28)
79.9% (19) PK% 84.2% (3)
49.28% (18) EV Corsi % 50.37% (12)
1.016 (5) EV PDO 0.997 (17)
Jake Guentzel, 33 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 36
Sidney Crosby, 56 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 48
Sidney Crosby, 86 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 73
Evgeni Malkin, 85 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 54
18-12-2 Home / Road 20-10-1
6-2-2 Last 10 5-5-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Oliver Bjorkstrand
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg Josh Anderson
Lukas Sedlak Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Scott Harrington Dean Kukan
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Pittsburgh Penguins
Jared McCann Sidney Crosby Jake Guentzel
Zach Aston-Reese Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon Nick Bjugstad Patric Hornqvist
Teddy Blueger Matt Cullen Garrett Wilson
Brian Dumoulin Justin Schultz
Marcus Pettersson Erik Gubranson
Juuso Rikola Jack Johnson
Matt Murray
Casey DeSmith