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The Boston Bruins will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in an Eastern Conference clash Saturday night from the TD Garden.The Bluejackets defeated Boston 7-4 on Tuesday night before hosting the Hurricanes on Friday night, and the Bruins are coming off a 4-3 road loss to the Jets in their previous action. The Bluejackets’ 7-4 win against Boston earlier this week was the first meeting this season.
Blue Jackets Target Second Straight Win vs. Bruins
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be aiming for their second straight win against Boston after registering a 7-4 home win over the Bruins on Tuesday night. Boone Jenner had a big night in the winning effort by recording the hat trick. The 25-year old center has tallied four points in his last three games, and he has 15 goals and 19 assists on the season.
Blue Jackets’ point leader Artemi Panarin snapped a four-game pointless drought with his 49th assist of the season in Tuesday’s victory. The fourth-year left-winger only has three points on the month, and he has accumulated 74 points on the year. Columbus stands at 5-5 in their last ten games heading into Friday’s action, and they are holding onto the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 15, 2019
The Blue Jackets could go with backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo in this one after Bobrovsky started Friday night. Korpisalo has played well in his last two games, and he enters this one with a 2.97 GAA and an .899 save percentage paired with a 9-6-2 record. Columbus is scoring an average of 3.1 goals, ranking them 11th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets are allowing an average of three goals, placing them 13th overall.
Bruins Charged with Third Straight Loss
The Boston Bruins enter this one in need of a win after losing three consecutive games. The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 road loss to the Jets on Thursday night. David Krejci resumed his productive play with two assists in the defeat. The 12-year veteran center has tallied seven points in his last six games, and he is up to 19 goals and 43 assists on the season.
Bruins’ scoring leader Brad Marchand had his nine-game point streak snapped in Thursdays’ defeat. The 30-year old left-winger has accumulated 10 points on the month, and he has netted 85 points on the year. Marchand recorded two goals and an assist in Tuesday’s win over Columbus. The Bruins holds a 27-7-2-1 home record on the season, and they are 6-4 in their last 10 games overall.
“We were getting away from what's been good to us and it's about getting that back.”
🎥 Bruce Cassidy, Joakim Nordstrom, Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron react to the loss in Winnipeg: pic.twitter.com/KrTxMezwrp
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 15, 2019
Boston will likely have Tuukka Rask guard the cage in this contest. The 11-year veteran goalie is having yet another solid season, sporting a 2.45 GAA and a .916 save percentage accompanied with a 24-10-5 record. The Bruins are scoring an average of three goals per game, ranking them 14th in the NHL. Boston is allowing an average of 2.5 goals, good for third in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins are:
- 13-4 in their last 17 games overall.
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600.
- 8-2 in their last 10 games when playing on one day of rest.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are:
- 18-37 in their last 55 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Atlantic division.
- under is 6-1 in their last 7 games when playing their fourth game in six nights.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with the Bruins in this one. I expect the Bruins to get back on track in this one on home ice. They are one of the best home teams in the NHL where they are sporting a 27-7-2-1 record on the season.
Furthermore, the Blue Jackets are playing inconsistent hockey, and they have only won three out of their last seven games overall heading into Friday’s action, plus they have been shutout three times in that seven game span.
Prediction: Boston Bruins
Full-Game Total Pick
I am opting with the under in this one. Columbus has not been able to put together a solid strong of games offensively, averaging only 2.5 goals in their last ten games overall, and the under is 5-0 in their last five road games.
In addition, the Bruins are usually reliable from a defensive standpoint. They have limited their opposition to an average of 2.7 goals in their last 10 games, and the under is 12-5-1 in their last 17 games against the Eastern Conference.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Bruins should be able to have a productive night in the offensive end. Boston has scored at least four goals in four out of their last six home games. The Blue Jackets are playing their second game in as many nights, and their fourth game in six nights, so fatigue should play a factor.
Prediction: Boston Team Total: Over
Half-Time Side Pick
I am going with Boston on the first period line. The Blue Jackets worst defensive period occurs in the first where they have squandered 74 goals on the season. Also, the Bruins best defensive period takes place in the first where have only allowed 48 goals on the season.
Prediction: First Period Line: Boston Bruins