Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-25-1) vs Boston Bruins (33-18-4)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +210 / Boston Bruins +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins in Saturday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-18-4. Through 55 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 166 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.65 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 28-25-1. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 54 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 179 goals, giving them an average of 3.26. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 27th ranked unit, giving up 3.61 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 10th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 21st in the NHL.

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Through 55 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 31 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +6. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game.

Through 54 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 43 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 38 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -4 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 46 percent of the time.

In terms of betting, the Bruins are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 19-31. Even though they have an overall ATS record below .500, they have managed to cover 13 of their 23 road games. On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.33. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.71 goals. Heading into their game with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 21 goals, accounting for 70.0% of the overall scoring. Look for Boston to continue their hot play and pick up a win over Columbus.

 

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