Red-Hot Bruins Roll Into Matchup With Blue Jackets
Friday night is the perfect time to look at the NHL slate of games and do some betting online. The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins on Friday night, which should be an interesting matchup.
Boston looks like the best team in the NHL through the first month of the season, as they have rolled out to a 7-1 record. The Bruins have rattled off four straight victories heading into this one, but all of those games were at home.
Columbus brings a record of 3-5-0 into this game, but they have started to play some better hockey lately. The Blue Jackets have struggled to defend home ice, which could present some challenges in this matchup.
The NHL lines for this game have the Boston Bruins as the moneyline betting favorites at -145 over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bruins Just Can’t Stop Scoring
The Boston Bruins come into play on Friday night averaging 4.25 goals per game this season, and they just got a huge lift in their most recent game. Brad Marchand made his season debut, and all he did was score two goals and an assist.
Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery had this to say about Marchand: “He’s a world-class player. It’s amazing how he comes up with pucks. The puck is between three bodies, and he’s like the Tasmanian devil, twirling all around.” David Pastrnak leads the way with six goals and nine assists, but the return of Marchand makes the team more dangerous.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark has gone a perfect 5-0 in the blue paint for the Bruins, and he should be slated to start this game. Boston has taken complete control of both ends of the ice to begin the year.
Goaltending Must Improve for Blue Jackets
If the Columbus Blue Jackets are going to turn things around this season, then they will need to get better goaltending. Columbus is allowing over four goals per game, which could be a big problem in this matchup.
Elvis Merzlikins comes into this game with a record of 2-2-0, but he has stopped just 86 percent of shots this season. Columbus has killed off 82 percent of their penalties, which will also be a key in this game.
Johnny Gaudreau leads the Blue Jackets with five goals and three assists this season. The Blue Jackets are a team that can score, and they will have to do so to keep this game close.
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Game Injuries
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Head-to-Head
The Boston Bruins have not only been the better overall team this NHL season, but they have been better than Columbus in recent meetings. Boston won all three games against the Blue Jackets a season ago and has a big lead in the all-time series standings.
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Game Information
- Game: Bruins (7-1) vs Blue Jackets (3-5-0)
- Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
- Day/Time: Friday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Bruins vs Blue Jackets Live Stream: NHL.TV
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Betting Lines
Bruins vs Blue Jackets Prediction
You couldn’t ask for a better start from the Boston Bruins, but things will get a bit tougher now that they are on the road. Columbus hasn’t played consistent hockey to begin the year, but they have proven they are good enough to contend with any team in the league.
Columbus will do all it can to slow down the offense from Boston, and it should lead to a battle through three periods. The winning streak for the Bruins is going to continue, but they will have to work to get the two points on the road.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Boston Bruins -145 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.