Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins - 1/14/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (27-8-12) at Columbus Blue Jackets (22-16-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +128 / Boston Bruins -141 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 27.7 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 35 goals, Brad Marchand has 42 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 62 goals on 829 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 45 goals on 588 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 15 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 21 assists and Cam Atkinson has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 40 goals on 471 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 14 straight games.
The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Bruins last 8 overall. The under is 8-2 in Blue Jackets last 10 overall. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
We're getting plus money with the hotter team at home and the rest advantage. The Boston Bruins have run hot and cold over the last two weeks and the defense has been rough at times. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been elite defensively over their last 20 games or so and just beat the Bruins on the road in overtime less than two weeks ago. The Columbus Blue Jackets at this price is arguably the best value bet on Tuesday's NHL card.