Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +140 / Boston Bruins -161 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in game one of the NHL second round playoffs at the TD Garden.
The Columbus Blue Jackets head into this series with a ton of confidence after sweeping the Tampa Bay Lighting, the overwhelming favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 4.7 goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Columbus with three goals, Zach Werenski has four assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing two goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up eight goals on 117 shots faced. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 16 games.
The Boston Bruins are coming off a seven-game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and get just one day of rest. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 43.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with four goals, David Pastrnak has four assists and Patrice Bergeron has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 16 goals on 223 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog and 11-1 in their last 12 overall. The Bruins are 18-6 in their last 24 games playing on 1 days rest, 17-6 in their last 23 games as a favorite and 50-22 in their last 72 games as a home favorite. The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Boston and the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 12-3 in Blue Jackets last 15 road games. The over is 9-4 in Bruins last 13 games playing on 1 days rest.
You have to question how long the Columbus Blue Jackets can keep this up, as there's not a hockey fan in the world who could have predicted what happened in the first round. Still, the Blue Jackets have a major rest advantage in this matchup and have won 10 of their last 18 games as an underdog. The Boston Bruins are being thrown right back into a series after a seven-game back and forth between a talented Maple Leafs club, and they've actually lost five of their last seven games as a favorite. While they may get a dose of reality sooner or later, the Blue Jackets are rested and hot, so there's value with the plus money here. I'll take a shot.