Holding a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Boston Bruins can punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference final tonight when they travel to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Monday (7:00 pm ET)
Opening Odds for Game 6
The Bruins are modest +105 underdogs to close things out tonight, while the Jackets are -125 home favorites. The total is at 5.5. Note that Game 5 (which ended 4-3) was a 1-0 game until the 4:51 mark of the third period. The teams combined for six goals in the final 9.5 minutes.
Game 1: Columbus 2 – 3 Boston (OT)
Game 2: Columbus 3 – 2 Boston (OT)
Game 3: Boston 1 – 2 Columbus
Game 4: Boston 4 – 1 Boston
Game 5: Columbus 3 – 4 Boston
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Statistical Comparison
|49-24-9 (20-15-6 away)||Reg. Season Record||47-31-4 (22-17-2 home)|
|7-5 (3-2 away)||Playoff Record||6-3 (3-1 home)|
|3.13 (11th)||Goals Per Game (Reg. Season)||3.12 (12th)|
|3.00 (6th)||Goals Per Game (Playoffs)||3.38 (2nd)|
|2.59 (T 3rd)||Goals Against Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.82 (11th)|
|2.27 (3rd)||Goals Against Per Game (Playoffs)||2.25 (2nd)|
|52.89 (5th)||Fenwick % (Reg. Season)||51.73 (9th)|
|52.05 (5th)||Fenwick % (Playoffs)||46.98 (14th)|
|91.23 (7th)||Save % (Reg. Season)||90.45 (16th)|
|93.10 (T 3rd)||Save % (Playoffs)||93.30 (2nd)|
|51.14 (14th)||High-Danger Chances % (Reg. Season)||50.95 (15th)|
|50.42 (7th)||High-Danger Chances % (Playoffs)||49.03 (10th)|
*Note: regular-season rankings are out of 31 teams; playoff rankings are out of only 16 teams. Playoff stats do not include Game 5.
It’s mostly been a closer series between the two teams as Games 1, 2 and 3 were decided by exactly one goal. As a matter of fact, Games 1 and 2 required overtime. Game 4 was an aberration, and looks like a one-off after another razor-tight Game 5.
Going into this series, we knew that Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky struggled against the Bruins. For his career, he had an .889 save percentage with just three wins in 11 starts. He had been strong through the first three games, but Games 4 and 5 were a bit of a change. Boston has scored eight goals in the last six periods, though he has faced 82 shots in that span.
Game 5 Highlights
Games 4 and 5 were a huge turnaround for the Bruins, who looked to be fading in this series. In Games 2 and 3, they had tired legs and were outhit in both contests. Game 4 was a different story as Boston was about even on hits (30-25 in favor of Columbus) and outshot the Blue Jackets 46-40 and won the faceoffs 39-27. The shots were even at 36 in Game 5, but the Bruins were leading for most of the contest and largely controlled the action until a wild final ten minutes.
Game 4 Highlights
The Bruins also got their power play going in Game 4, scoring twice with the man-advantage. Their power play had been one-of-10 in the other three games. They only had one PP chance in Game 5 and went 0-for.
The scales have certainly tipped in Boston’s favor after Game 5. They’ve outshot the Blue Jackets in all but one game, they’ve won more faceoffs every contest and they’ve finally found way through Bobrovsky.
When the Bruins get their offense going, it tends to snowball. They are now 25-11 when scoring four or more in their previous game. They’re 21-12 after a win by two or more. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are 18-8 after a loss by two or more and are 19-12 after giving up four or more in their previous game.
As for as the puckline goes, the Blue Jackets 50-41 on the season while the Bruins are 48-46.