Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Monday May 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -101 / Columbus Blue Jackets -119 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday in game six of the NHL second round playoffs at the Nationwide Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a third straight victory to secure a spot in the conference finals. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 29.4 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with six goals, Brad Marchand has eight assists and Patrice Bergeron has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 27 goals on 396 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 15 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 29.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Columbus with five goals, Seth Jones has six assists and Boone Jenner has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 22 goals on 304 shots faced. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 16 of their last 21 games.
The Bruins are 21-7 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. The Blue Jackets are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall.
The Boston Bruins have looked like the better team through most of this series and have won nine of their last 15 games as a road underdog. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won six of their last eight games as a home favorite, but their defense continues to struggle and the moment often looks too big for Bobrovsky. Columbus coach John Tortorella also guaranteed there will be a game seven, and there's a long history of guarantees backfiring. I just don't have much confidence in the Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending at the moment, so while I would love to see a game seven, I have to side with the Bruins and the cheaper price.