Boston Bruins (18-14-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-16-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +121 / Boston Bruins -134 --- Over/Under: 5
The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets play Saturday at the Nationwide Arena.
The Boston Bruins have won three of their last four games and play their eighth road game of the month. The Bruins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have two power play goals in their last seven games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 10 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 20 assists and Reilly Smith has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 20 goals on 267 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 67 goals on 764 shots. The Bruins have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won eight of their 10 games this month are making progress in the division. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored three power play goals in their last three games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 16 goals, Ryan Johansen has 21 assists and Cam Atkinson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 64 goals on 792 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 29 goals on 277 shots.
The Bruins are 43-16 in their last 59 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Blue Jackets are 40-90 in their last 130 vs. a team with a winning record and 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings overall.
When was the last time the Blue Jackets beat the Bruins? It's been a while. Look for Boston to get things going with a big win here.