Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (32-32-5) vs Boston Bruins (43-20-5)

Game Info: Monday, April 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +230 / Boston Bruins -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-20-5. Through 68 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 217 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.66 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 32-32-5. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 69 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 223 goals, giving them an average of 3.17. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 30th ranked unit, giving up 3.74 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 5th 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 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 68 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 12.6%. So far, 37.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 40 assists to go along with his 31 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game.

Through 50 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 -30 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.41 goals per game. In his 47 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44 percent of the time.

In Boston's 68 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-31-4. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 15-16-2. 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. In Columbus's 69 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-23-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-10-2. On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. With an over-under betting line sitting at 6 goals, look for this matchup to fall surpass this number, in what should be a high-scoring game.

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