Blue Jackets Vs. Penguins: Streaking Pittsburgh Hosts Lowly Columbus

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 25: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his second goal of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 25, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Malkin had three goals in an 8-1 Pittsburgh win. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Two teams at opposite ends of the NHL spectrum meet Sunday at the CONSOL Energy Center when the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins (35-21-5, 75 pts) host the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets (18-36-7, 43 pts).

Two teams at opposite ends of the NHL spectrum meet Sunday at the CONSOL Energy Center when the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins (35-21-5, 75 points) host the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets (18-36-7, 43 points). It is the only meeting of the year between the two teams.

The Penguins destroyed the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 on Saturday, behind a hat trick from Evgeni Malkin and two goals from Jordan Staal. Pittsburgh has won eight of their last nine games at home and five of seven overall. The Penguins are 14-4-1 in their last 19 contests, averaging 3.7 goals per game over that span.

The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, have the lowest point total in the NHL, and most recently lost 5-0 Friday at home. Columbus has dropped tree of their last four games, allowing 17 goals in the process. For the year, the Blue Jackets have allowed the second-most goals in the league (203).

The Penguins are 4-2-0 all-time at home against the Blue Jackets.

For all news and information regarding the Pittsburgh Penguins, please visit PensBurgh, or check out SB Nation Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, The Cannon has everything on the Columbus Blue Jackets. For all your hockey new and notes, be sure to check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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