Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins - 4/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (42-20-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (32-31-5)
Game Info: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -312 / Columbus Blue Jackets +240 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Saturday NHL Action.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-31-5. Through 68 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 221 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 30th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.72 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 4th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 21st ranked team in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 42-20-5. This mark places them 4th in the Atlantic division. Through 67 games, the Bruins have scored 212 goals, giving them an average of 3.13. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.67 goals per contest. So far, the Bruins have played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Boston's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 11th in the NHL.
Through 49 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 51 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 17.1%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 26 assists to go along with his 24 goals. However, when on the ice, the Blue Jackets are -29 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game.
Through 67 games, the Boston Bruins' goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak, with 71 points. He has reached his mark of 38 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.9%. So far, 37.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 38 assists to go along with his 30 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47 percent of the time.
In Columbus's 68 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-23-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-13-1. On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. In Boston's 67 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-31-4. So far, taking the over when the Bruins are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-15-2. On the season, 54.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. Look for the Bruins to have a big scoring night, helping to carry this game over the betting total of 6 goals.
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