Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +115 / Boston Bruins -135 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in game five of the NHL second round playoffs at the TD Garden.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for their third road playoff victory to take a 3-2 series lead. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 32 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Columbus with five goals, Seth Jones has six assists and Boone Jenner has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 18 goals on 268 shots faced. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 16 of their last 20 games.
The Boston Bruins look for their fourth home playoff victory to take a 3-2 series lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 31.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Charlie Coyle leads Boston with five goals, Brad Marchand has six assists and David Pastrnak has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 24 goals on 360 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 14 games.
The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 20-7 in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest, 18-7 in their last 25 games as a favorite and 51-23 in their last 74 games as a home favorite. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 14-3 in Blue Jackets last 17 road games. The under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 overall.
Home ice still hasn't been much of an advantage in these playoffs, but the Boston Bruins are coming off a dominating performance that could carry over to this contest, and they've won 15 of their last 20 home games as a favorite. The Columbus Blue Jackets are 3-1 these playoffs as a road underdog, but it just feels like the Bruins have taken control of this series and Rask has been highly impressive in his last five games where he has a save percentage of 94.7 percent. I'll give the Bruins the edge on their home ice.