Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins Free Preview

Facing each other for the third and final time this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins meet at TD Garden in an Eastern Conference tilt. Sportsnet will air the game, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 19.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins Odds

Boston is 45-25 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.4 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 44-38 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 70 regular season outings, 37 have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just one has pushed. The teams 25-11 SU at home this season.

The Bruins have been able to convert on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.

The Bruins, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five contests at home. The team has been forced to defend opposition power plays for 12.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Averaging 25.3 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (30-16-4) has been the best option in goal for the Bruins this season. If Boston decides to give him a breather, however, the team could go with Anton Khudobin (15-12-12 record, .917 save percentage, 2.50 goals against average).

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both lead the charge for the Bruins. Marchand (73 points) has produced 30 goals and 43 assists and has recorded multiple points in 22 different games this year. Pastrnak has 28 goals and 41 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 45 games.

On the other side of the ice, Columbus is 39-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Blue Jackets are 15-20 SU as an away team this season.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 15.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties.

Columbus skaters have been penalized only 3.0 times per game this season, and 3.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Sergei Bobrovsky (28.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Columbus. Bobrovsky has 32 wins, 26 losses, and five OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .921 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Blue Jackets, the offense will be facilitated by Artemi Panarin, who has 42 assists and 21 goals on the year.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins Betting Picks

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Boston is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Columbus is 6-4 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Boston’s last five games.
  • Columbus has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Boston is averaging 38.4 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • Over Columbus last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
  • The Bruins this season have registered the ninth-most hits per game (23.9), but that average has jumped up to 26.6 over their past five home outings.