Blue Jackets vs. Bruins Prediction
The Boston Bruins secured a win in their Eastern Conference semifinals opener at home versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Will Boston continue rolling with another victory tonight in Game 2?
Saturday, April 27, 2019
TD Garden at 8:08PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Bruins are a -140 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blue Jackets are a +120 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. As of Saturday morning, 56 percent of public bets are coming in on host Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Blue Jackets fall short in Game 1
Columbus lost for only the second time in its last 13 games Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals as it fell 3-2 in overtime at Boston. The Blue Jackets trailed 1-0 through two periods, but tied it up with 12:21 remaining in the third period on a Brandon Dubinsky goal assisted by Riley Nash and Seth Jones. Only 13 seconds later, Columbus went ahead 2-1 on a Pierre-Luc Dubois goal off assists from Artemi Panarin and Jones. Boston proceeded to tie it up later in the third before winning it in overtime. Sergei Bobrovsky registered 34 saves on 37 shots in the winning effort.
Coyle stars in OT win
Charlie Coyle scored the game-tying and game-winning goals Thursday night as Boston won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals by a count of 3-2 in overtime at home over Columbus. The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 advantage midway through the first period on a Noel Acciari goal with an assist courtesy of Charlie McAvoy. Boston continued to lead through 40 minutes, but the Blue Jackets scored twice in a 13-second span in the third period to grab the lead. Coyle evened it at 2-2 with 4:35 remaining on a goal assisted by Marcus Johansson and Torey Krug. At the 14:45 mark of overtime, Coyle scored the winning goal with Johansson and Danton Heinen notching assists. Tuukka Rask had 20 saves on 22 shots to post the win.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blue Jackets are 7-1 in their last eight road games. Columbus is 6-2 in its last eight Saturday games.
The Bruins are 4-1 in the last five home meetings. Boston is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings overall.
Boston is arguably the favorite to win the Stanley Cup right now, but as we've seen this postseason has been bonkers and shown the parity of the NHL as a whole. I'm going to say Bobrovsky stands on his head tonight and someone like Panarin steps forward with a big goal as the Blue Jackets win a close one to even up the series. With how red-hot Columbus has been over the last month, I think there is a lot of value here on the underdog.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS +120