Blue Jackets vs. Bruins Prediction
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins are deadlocked at 2-2 in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Will Boston prevail on its home ice tonight to get one step closer to advancing?
Saturday, May 4, 2019
TD Garden at 7:15PM 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 over-under is set at 5.5 goals. As of Saturday afternoon, 70 percent of public bets are coming in on host Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Blue Jackets stumble at home
Columbus lost by a count of 4-1 Thursday night at home versus Boston as the series was evened at two games apiece. The Blue Jackets trailed 2-0 in the first period before an Artemi Panarin goal at the 11:14 mark off assists from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois put the hosts on the board. After a scoreless second period, the Bruins proceeded to score twice in the third period to put it away. Sergei Bobrovsky surrendered four goals on 46 shots in the losing effort.
Bruins strike early in win
Boston grabbed the lead 3:33 in Thursday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals en route to a 4-1 victory at Columbus. David Pastrnak put the Bruins on the board off an assist from Charlie McAvoy. Patrice Bergeron made it 2-0 on the power play as he scored off assists from Brad Marchand and Torey Krug at the 12:42 mark. The Blue Jackets trimmed ther deficit in half a minute-plus later. In the third period, Sean Kuraly pushed the lead to 3-1 at the 11:20 mark on assists from Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Bergeron added his fifth goal of the playoffs on the power play at the 2:30 mark with assists going to Pastrnak and Krug. Tuukka Rask was sensational between the pipes as he allowed one goal on 40 shots in the win.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blue Jackets are 8-1 in their last nine road games. Columbus is 4-1 in its last five Saturday games.
The Bruins are 18-7 in their last 25 games as a favorite. Boston is 54-23 in its last 77 home games.
The Blue Jackets have been awesome on the road, but things like that tend to even out over time especially considering Columbus didn't exactly have a great regular season and has simply gotten hot at the right time. Boston has its sights set squarely on a Stanley Cup Trophy and its number of veterans understand the importance of this game. The Bruins have been stellar at home this season and I am betting on them to get the job done here.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON BRUINS -140