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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2
(0-0) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins (0-0)
Date: Thursday April 25th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins -151
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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On Thursday, the Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinal series gets underway as the Boston Bruins, who knocked off Toronto in seven games, take take on the Blue Jackets, the team that unexpectedly swept the top seed Tampa Bay Lightning.
These two teams met three times during the regular season, with Boston winning the final two matchups, one in overtime. They combined to score 22 goals in those three games, so this series should shape up to be one with some high scoring numbers.
Columbus Blue Jackets
No one saw that first round series coming. The Blue Jackets completely dismantled the Tampa Bay Lighting, a team that many, many people expected to hoist the Stanley Cup in a few weeks. However, Columbus never looked scared, sweeping the Lightning.
In that series, the offense looked fantastic. The team three of four games by two or more goals, including a series-defining 7-3 win to clinch the first round and secure an extended rest period. In total, Columbus scored 19 times in those four games.
During the regular season, the Blue Jackets were 11th in goal scoring, thanks in large part to Artemi Panarin. He came up big in that first round series, scoring twice and picking up three assists. He’ll need to generate that same level of offense for Columbus if they’re going to beat Boston.
Defensively, the Blue Jackets were also solid during the regular season, and even better in the first few games of the postseason. Columbus gave up just eight goals to Tampa Bay –one of the best offenses in the NHL — and proved to be a stingy defense that doesn’t allow a lot of shots on goal.
Boston had the polar opposite of Columbus’ first round series, taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to seven games before finally getting an emphatic 5-1 win to secure the series. Boston showed a great deal of mental fortitude in that series, especially after losing two of the first three games.
Defense was the name of the game for Boston in that series. The team gave up 17 goals total — an average of 2.43 per game. Goaltender Tuukka Rask was phenomenal, recording a .928 save percentage and giving up just 16 goals on 223 shots.
Boston scored 23 goals in that first round, averaging 3.29 per game. In typical fashion, Brad Marchand was a huge factor for the Bruins. He had four goals on 28 shots, and recorded five assists. His buddy David Pastrnak also had a strong series, tallying two goals and four assists. These two are the key factors offensively for the Bruins, and they’ll need to continue their strong play against Columbus.
NHL Betting Trends:
- CLB is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of CLB last 20 games
- CLB is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- BOS is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of BOS last 5 games
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins NHL Prediction:
Some might say that Columbus’ extended rest period puts the Blue Jackets at a disadvantage. However, Boston really had an exhausting series against Toronto, one that went seven games. I like the Blue Jackets to take game one on the road.
4* Free NHL Playoff Betting Pick: OVER 5.5
The total went over in two of the three regular season matchups between these two teams. But more importantly, both teams found ways to score a lot of goals in the first round, with Boston’s matchups hitting the over in the final two games of the series. With such a low total for game one, I like betting the Over here.
NHL Free Game 1 Prediction: Columbus 4 – Boston 2
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