Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Guentzel played the ricochet off the back boards to the left of the net and beat Bobrovsky from a severe angle. He flashed some offensive flair in scoring two goals and four points over his final five regular season games, but his tenacity on the forecheck and willingness to play a physical game is where his true value lies. Werenski was bloodied when a puck struck him in the face in the second period.

St. Louis 3, Minnesota 1: Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead the Blues over the Wild in St. Louis for a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

"He's in the zone and he's really backstopping us right now". The Presidents Trophy winning Washington Capitals are in a battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs, with both games needing overtime.

Allen has been the star of the first three games.

Colton Parayko also scored and Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for the Blues, who will try to sweep the series Wednesday night in St. Louis.

"When they're in that offensive zone, they're as unsafe an offensive line as there is in the game for me", Sullivan said. "They're going to raise their game and we're going to raise our game, and we've got a chance to see how good we can be. If we keep playing this same way, we will win the next game here, too".

Through the first two games of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shown that they have been here before.

The Blue Jackets built upon their lead when 19-year old rookie defenseman Zach Werenski scored on the power play with 13:50 left in the first period.

The Penguins are unsure when Murray (lower body) might return and there's a chance he could miss the rest of the first round against Columbus, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. Even our Blue Jackets blog is condemning it. The Oilers missed the playoffs in each of the past 10 years.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as the series shifts to Columbus for the next two, beginning on Sunday evening. So Sullivan put the best player in the game alongside a couple of 20-somethings who make up for in energy and intelligence what they lack in pedigree.

Fleury has now made 70 saves on 72 shots (.972 save percentage) since taking over for the injured Matt Murray, and may have been ideal in Game 2 had it not been for old pal Ron Hainsey, who deflected a Brandon Saad shot for the Jackets' lone goal. He had his shutout spoiled by the Rangers' Brady Skjei with 2:56 remaining and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves) on the bench for an extra attacker.

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