– 72.1% – That’s the percentage of their total goals that the Blue Jackets have scored at even strength, good for only 24th in the league and just a hair better than the Pens, who are at 71.7%. Like the Penguins, the Blue Jackets aren’t very good at even strength and winning games goes hand in hand with capitalizing on power-play opportunities. Pens have converted 23.4% this season; Columbus is at 19.3%.
– Columbus scored 54 goals
on the power play this season. James Wisnewski figured in on 28 of them, which is 52%. Ryan Johansen was in on 20; that’s 37%. When the Pens find themselves shorthanded, these are the guys to watch.
– Columbus drew 280 penalties this season and also took 280. The Pens were a plus-25 (274 drawn vs. 249 taken). With both teams clearly relying so heavily on their power plays, it can’t be emphasized enough how important staying out of the box is going to be.
– .281 is Columbus’ winning percentage when they don’t score the first goal. They aren’t exactly a team built to come from behind (only nine come-from-behind wins all season). Scoring first will be huge for the Penguins.
.945 – Bobrovsky’s save percentage in the last seven games.
– 24 oz
Burger. The only other thing we can think of is that if you are going out to Columbus for any games, dear God, go to the Thurman Cafe