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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins - 4/30/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
Date & Time Tuesday April 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins +100 / Columbus Blue Jackets -120 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in game three of the NHL second round playoffs at the Nationwide Arena.

The Boston Bruins look to regain control of this series by stealing a road game here. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Charlie Coyle leads Boston with five goals, Brad Marchand has five assists and David Pastrnak has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 21 goals on 286 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to remain undefeated at home in the playoffs while gaining a 2-1 series lead. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 38.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Columbus with four goals, Seth Jones has six assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 13 goals on 185 shots faced. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 15 of their last 18 games.

The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 24-7 in their last 31 games playing on 2 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Bruins last 9 road games. The under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall.

We've gone under the total by a half a goal in each of the first two games, but there's been a healthy amount of shots on goal in both games and certain periods where there's been an explosion of goals. It's only a matter of time before the shots start finding the back of the net a little more often. The over has hit in nine of the Bruins last 12 road games and seven of the Blue Jackets last 12 home games. And even with the first two games of this series, the last 10 meetings overall between the Bruins and Blue Jackets are averaging 7.1 goals. Expect a high scoring contest in a crucial game three.

Pick:
Over 5.5

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