Boston Bruins (4-3-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (7-4-0)
|Date & Time||Monday October 30, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -150 / Boston Bruins +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last six games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with seven goals, Charlie McAvoy has seven assists and David Pastrnak has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 14 goals on 132 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 11 goals on 148 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory here after winning six of their last nine games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. Sonny Milano leads Columbus with five goals, Artemi Panarin has nine assists and Matt Calvert has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 89.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 15 goals on 243 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 11 goals on 97 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in seven of their first 11 games.
The Bruins are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-6 in their last 7 Monday games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blue Jackets are 2-10 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-10 in their last 14 Monday games and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Bruins are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus, 11-4 in the last 15 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Bruins have had the upperhand over the Columbus Blue Jackets over the years, but these two teams are heading in different directions at the moment. The Bruins are playing sloppy hockey and have had struggles defensively, while the Blue Jackets are racking up victories and keeping the puck out of the net at an impressive rate. I'll take the home team here.