Boston Bruins (4-5 SU, 2-7 PL, 5-4-0 O/U) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (7-4 SU, 6-5 PL, 5-6-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Monday, October 30, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Lines: Columbus -145/ Boston +131
Tonight on the ice, the Atlantic Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Boston Bruins rumble with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins enter this contest off a 2-1 loss to the Kings in OT at home, while the Blue Jackets are off a 4-1 road loss to St Louis. Goalie Probables: Tuukka Rask will get the nod for the Bruins and the Blue Jackets will counter with Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bruins Fall To Kings In OT
The Boston Bruins are still searching for consistency this year as they have yet to win two games in a row. They had a shot to win two games in a row as they had just won 2-1 at home against the Sharks, but in their next game, they fell 2-1 at home to the Kings in OT. The Bruins had a 1-0 lead in the game in the first period, but the Kings quickly tied the game up and it stayed that way until LA won it with just one second left in the OT period. That was a tough loss for the Bruins to take and it is the kind of losses that struggling teams are prone to. Scoring their lone goal in the loss was Brad Marchand, which was his team-leading 7th of the year. David Pastrnak is 2nd on the team in scoring with six goals and no one else on the team has more than three. Taking the loss against the Kings was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 28 of 30 shots in the game, but it just wasn’t enough and he is now 1-4 with a 2.96 GAA on the year, while on the road he has gone 0-2 with a 3.64 GAA. In his career, he has gone 92-87 with a 2.41 GAA on the road and 21-23 with a 2.47 GAA during the month of October, while against the Metro Division he has gone 38-31 with a 2.28 GAA and he is 7-3 with a 2.20 GAA against the Blue Jackets.
Boston has been average on offense so far as they rank 14th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 29th in shots taken (29.3 spg) and 5th in power play conversions, converting on 26.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been below average as they come in ranked 22nd in goals allowed, giving up 3.22 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots allowed (31.6 spg) and 10th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 16.7% of their chances.
Offense Feels The Blues In St Louis
The Columbus Blue Jays have had a good start to the year and they have a very good offense, but that offense just didn’t show up in their 4-1 road loss to the Blues on Saturday night. They have now scored just three goals in their last two games. The Blue Jackets got off 37 shots in the games, but all they could muster was a goal by Matt Calvert, which came at the 6:21 mark of the 3rd period. It was his 3rd goal of the year. Leading the Blue Jackets in scoring this year is Sonny Milano with five, while Cam Atkinson is 2nd with four. Artemi Panarin leads the team in points with 10. Taking the loss against the Blues was Joonas Korpisalo and he didn’t have a horrible showing as he stopped 38 of the 42 shots that he faced in the game. He is now 1-2 with a 3.67 GAA on the year. Getting the start in this one will be Sergei Bobrovsky and he has gone 6-2 with a 1.86 GAA on the year, including 4-2 with a 1.67 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 97-75 with a 2.42 GAA in his home games and 26-26 with a 2.70 GAA during the month of October, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 48-35 with a 2.54 GAA and he has gone 1-6 with a 3.36 GAA against the Bruins.
The Blue Jackets have been an average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 15th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots taken (36.8 spg) and 31st in power play conversions, converting on 10.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been solid as they come in ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.45 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (31.0 spg) and 4th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 10.7% of their chances.
- 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Metropolitan
- 1-6 in their last seven Monday games
- 18-5 in their last 23 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 4-1 in their last five when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game
The Bruins just can’t seem to get going this year, while the Blue Jackets are off a tough road loss at the hands of the St Louis Blues. The Bruins have not been great on offense this year and that isn’t likely to change in this one against Bobrovsky, who had a 1.83 GAA at home last year and has a 1.67 GAA here at home this year. I just can’t see the Boston offense waking up in this one. Tuukka Rask has struggled so far as he is 1-4 with a 2.96 GAA overall and 0-2 with a 3.64 GAA on the road. The Blue Jacket offense was held in check in St Louis, but I do not feel that will be the case here as Columbus bounces back with a solid home win in this one.