There is an old cliché about defense winning championships, and when it comes to the Stanley Cup playoffs, we always see one goalie get really hot and take his team on an unexpectedly deep run. That said, for a team to be truly successful, they also need a whole bunch of other things to go right, starting with the offense holding up their end of the bargain. After all, what’s the point of having a goalie stand on his head all night if the other team needs to only score 1 or 2 goals to get the win.
Goals are very often at a premium at this stage of the playoffs, but what is happening to the Boston Bruins right now is proving to be more than just a little alarming. Yes, they are up against a hot goaltender, but they are getting diminishing returns from their offense, which is just one of the reasons why they are heading into Game 4 down 2-1 in the series. The Columbus Blue Jackets are favored by 1 ½ in their own building, with the O/U set at 5 ½.
Bruins vs Blue Jackets 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Pick for Game 4
David Backes will be in the lineup for Game 4 as the #NHLBruins aim to even their series with the Blue Jackets at 2.🎥 All of today’s pregame news in 60 seconds, pres. by @ZipRecruiter: pic.twitter.com/KQ0CSXdBJ6— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) 2 de mayo de 2019
- When: Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 PM EST
- Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: The Fan
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -120 (Total 5.5)
Why bet on the Boston Bruins?
The Boston Bruins were pushed to the very limit in the opening round, eventually winning their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 7 games. They were able to take the final two games in that series by leaning heavily on their offense, scoring 9 goals and surrendering just 3 to end up winning those games in relatively comfortable fashion.
It certainly looked as though they had found the perfect balance, and with a 3-2 win in Game 1 of this series, the Bruins looked to be on a roll. The Blue Jackets shut that down quickly, though, winning each of the next two games and holding the Bruins offense to just 3 goals. The Bruins split their regular season series with the Blue Jackets in Columbus, so will be hoping for a similar outcome here.
- Goals: 3.13
- Shots: 32.97
- PP/PK Percentage: 26.35
- Goals: 2.60
- Shots: 29.75
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.30
Why bet on the Columbus Blue Jackets?
No-one gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a chance of getting out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with those predictions looking very good after the Jackets went down 3-0 in the opening period in Game 1 of their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. They came back to win that one 4-3, with Sergei Bobrovsky in goal playing like a man on fire since then.
They gave up just 5 goals after that first game and have given up just 6 in the opening 3 games against the Bruins. Surrendering just 11 goals in 6 games is the sort of defense that usually leads to very good things in the postseason. The Blue Jackets have been a great bet against the spread on the road this season, going 30-15 thus far.
- Goals: 3.19
- Shots: 31.40
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.36
- Goals: 2.78
- Shots: 29.66
- PP/PK Percentage: 14.81
Bruins vs Blue Jackets 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Trends
- Bruins are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Metropolitan division
- Bruins are 59-63 ATS revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston’s last 10 games
- Blue Jackets are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home
- Blue Jackets are 53-36 ATS in all games this season
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus’ last 5 games against Boston
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Bruins vs Blue Jackets
Unless the Bruins can find a way to solve the Blues Jackets defense and Bobrovsky between the pipes, this series is going to be over quickly. Columbus now looks like a team brimming with confidence, which is why I have them winning a close one.
Score: Boston Bruins 2 – Columbus Blue Jackets 3