Bruins vs. Blue Jackets - 1/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (17-27-4) at Boston Bruins (24-17-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -212 / Columbus Blue Jackets +190 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, NESN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins meet Saturday night at the TD Garden.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Scott Hartnell leads Columbus with 16 goals, Brandon Saad has 16 assists and Boone Jenner has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 39 goals on 349 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Boston Bruins look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 27 percent of their power plays. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 18 goals, Loui Eriksson has 23 assists and Brad Marchand has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 83 goals on 996 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 29 goals on 341 shots. Rask has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Bruins are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 39-15 in their last 54 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings overall.
Instead of playing with heavy juice, we're going to side with the under in this matchup. The under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and is 5-1-3 in the Bruins last nine games overall.