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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins - 5/2/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
Date & Time Thursday May 2, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins +105 / Columbus Blue Jackets -125 -- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in game four of the NHL second round playoffs at the Nationwide Arena.

The Boston Bruins have another chance to take back home ice advantage while tying up the series at 2-2. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Charlie Coyle leads Boston with five goals, Brad Marchand has five assists and David Pastrnak has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 23 goals on 320 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to improve on their 6-1 playoff record while taking a comfortable 3-1 series lead. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 38.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Columbus with five goals, Seth Jones has six assists and Boone Jenner has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing two goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 14 goals on 222 shots faced. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 16 of their last 19 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 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite. The Bruins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Bruins last 10 overall. The under is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall.

The Boston Bruins have a long reputation of being able to win games with their back against the wall, and this feels like a must-win even if elimination isn't on the line yet. The problem is the Columbus Blue Jackets have been the most consistent team so far these playoffs with wins in six of their seven games, and they've won 12 of their last 15 games as a favorite. The Blue Jackets have also won six of their last seven home games as a favorite. While home ice hasn't meant much these playoffs, I feel the need to ride the hot hand and the cheap price. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets -125

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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