The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets will renew hostilities as their best-of-seven playoff series continues with Game 3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Tuesday (7:00 pm ET). The series heads to Ohio tied at one game apiece.
In Game 1, the Bruins were able to do something the Tampa Bay Lightning couldn’t muster even once in the first round: hand the Blue Jackets a loss. But Columbus answered back in Game 2 with a massive 3-2 double-overtime win.
Opening Odds for Game 3
Boston is a mild road underdog in Game 3, opening with a +100 moneyline. The favored Blue Jackets are -120, while the game total is at 5.5.
Game 1: Columbus 2 – 3 Boston (OT)
Game 2: Columbus 3 – 2 Boston (OT)
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Statistical Comparison
|49-24-9 (20-15-6 away)||Reg. Season Record||47-31-4 (22-17-2 home)|
|5-4 (2-1 away)||Playoff Record||5-1 (2-0 home)|
|3.13 (11th)||Goals Per Game (Reg. Season)||3.12 (12th)|
|3.25 (6th)||Goals Per Game (Playoffs)||4.20 (1st)|
|2.59 (T 3rd)||Goals Against Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.82 (11th)|
|2.38 (5th)||Goals Against Per Game (Playoffs)||2.20 (T 3rd)|
|52.89 (5th)||Fenwick % (Reg. Season)||51.73 (9th)|
|52.74 (4th)||Fenwick % (Playoffs)||44.83 (16th)|
|91.23 (7th)||Save % (Reg. Season)||90.45 (16th)|
|92.28 (5th)||Save % (Playoffs)||92.86 (4th)|
|51.14 (14th)||High-Danger Chances % (Reg. Season)||50.95 (15th)|
|54.55 (5th)||High-Danger Chances % (Playoffs)||40.86 (16th)|
*Note: regular-season rankings are out of 31 teams; playoff rankings are out of only 16 teams and only include first-round games.
Takeaways from Games 1 and 2
The Bruins came out hot in Game 1, dominating the first period. They outshot the Blue Jackets 12-1 early on and opened up a 1-0 lead half way through the first. They continued to control the majority of the play for the next 30 minutes but couldn’t find an insurance marker.
A two-minute blip early in the third saw Columbus take a 2-1 lead, but Boston answered back late in the final frame on a goal by Charlie Coyle and then won it in OT on Coyle’s second of the game. Both were set up by fellow deadline acquisition Marcus Johansson.
Game 1 Highlights
Game 2 was somewhat the reverse in that Columbus looked like the speedier, hungrier team for most of the game, but needed overtime to get the win. The Blue Jackets found themselves trailing 1-0 and 2-1, but both times sniper Artemi Panarin was able to pull his team level.
Columbus earned a power-play early in the second OT on an uncharacteristically sloppy trip by veteran Boston forward Patrice Bergeron. Matt Duchene was able to bury the winner on a rebound after some yeoman’s work by Seth Jones on the blueline to keep the play alive.
Game 2 Highlights
Columbus outshot Boston 41-31 in Game 2, after Boston had a huge 37-22 advantage in Game 1.
Remember that Columbus came into the series with eight full days of rest, compared to just one for the Bruins. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy is reticent to put sixth defenseman Connor Clifton on the ice much, as well, exacerbating fatigue issues on the Bruins’ side. The 23-year-old is averaging under 15 minute of ice time, despite both games going to OT.
Betting Streaks and Trends
In terms of the puckline, the Bruins are have gone a decent 46-45 record, but the Blue Jackets have been even better, going 49-39, including covering all six of their playoff games to-date.