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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2
(1-2) Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1)
Date: Thursday May 2nd
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins +175 | Blue Jackets -210
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Blue Jackets -1.5 | +230
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Just like game one, game two ended with a goal in overtime. Saturday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets went to two overtime periods and only ended when Matt Duchene knocked in a powerplay goal to secure the win and tie the series at one game a piece.
Thursday, game four between the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets will take place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Coming on the heels of game three, which saw the Blue Jackets win the first game of the series in regulation, the home side will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead over David Pastrnak and the the rest of the Bruins squad.
The Boston Bruins just never got comfortable in this game, going down early in the first period. After a second goal for Columbus, the Bruins had to work for every puck and never found a way past Sergei Bobrovsky, except for a Jake DeBrusk goal in the second period.
Even after that goal that brought the game within one, Boston never lit the lamp again. Bobrovsky stopped everything the Bruins’ attackers threw at him, as Boston failed to score in the third period.
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Offensively, Boston actually got the better of Columbus in multiple areas. The Bruins outshot the Blue Jackets by three and won 10 more face-offs. However, Columbus just was relentless on the defensive end. Boston was out-hit by 25, and that made a huge difference when all was said and done.
Columbus Blue Jackets
For the first time in this series, a team won in regulation. That team was the Columbus Blue Jackets, who scored the first goal of the game thanks to Boone Jenner, and never looked back. Even after Boston’s DeBrusk brought the score back within one — after a Matt Duchene powerplay goal gave CBJ a two-goal lead — Columbus never panicked.
CBJ played a fantastic defensive game, relying on some strong play from goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He stopped 36 of Boston’s 37 shots. Meanwhile, the rest of the Blue Jackets’ squad played ruthless defense, recording 53 hits in the game. CBJ forced Boston to work for every possession and never looked like it would relinquish the lead.
Another game like that and the Blue Jackets will have a 3-1 lead heading back to Boston’s TD Garden. Without a doubt, game four will be another close one, but Columbus has the tools to get its third straight win against this Bruins side. Look for Matt Duchene to score in yet another game.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in BOS last 10 road games
- BOS are 25-12 in their last 37 overall
- BOS is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
- CLB are 8-1 in their last 9 home games
- Over is 9-4 in the last 12 meetings
Free Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Prediction:
After the Bruins won game one, the momentum completely shifted and Columbus looks completely in control. Up 2-1 in the series, I like the Blue Jackets to win once again at home and take a commanding lead heading back to Boston.
4* Free NHL Playoff Betting Pick: UNDER 5.5
All three games have gone under and I don’t see that changing in game four. This series has been all about the defense and goaltending, and that should continue on Thursday. Take the Under here.
NHL Free Game 4 Prediction: Boston 2 – Columbus 3
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