Betting on today’s Bruins and Blue Jackets game? Catch the action at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Blue Jackets hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bruins are the favored team in this Eastern conference contest against the Blue Jackets. The game’s over/under currently sits at 6.5 goals.
BOSTON BRUINS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5
This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
- In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Blue Jackets winning this one 4-3.
- We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+185)
- The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Will the Bruins Win on the Road?
So far this season, the Bruins have an overall record of 22-7-6. Currently, they are 11-5-3 on the road, and carry a two game road win streak into the game. This record has them sitting 1st in the Eastern Atlantic division and 2nd in the Eastern conference.
In terms of the puck line, Boston posted a 19-16 record. On the road they are 10-9 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 9-7. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Boston is 5.9. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 5.9. The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 17-18-0.
In their last three road games, Boston has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
For their offensive performance, the Bruins come in averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, which is 16th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. Boston’s offense is currently ranked 9th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the league.
Boston’s current leading scorer is David Pastrnak. This season, he has 22 goals, which puts him 6th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 28 assists.
The Blue Jackets’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 19th in takeaways and an average of 6 takeaways per contest. They hold 2nd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.4 goals given up per game.
Goalie Linus Ullmark gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 11-5, and his save percentage is 0.7623762376237624%.
Will the Blue Jackets Come Through as Home Underdogs?
This season, the Blue Jackets currently hold an overall record of 12-19-8. When playing on the road, Columbus has a 4-8-5 record, while they are 8-10-3 at home. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 8th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 15th.
In terms of the puck line, Columbus posted a 24-14 record. On the road they are 13-4 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 11-10. This season, Columbus’ games are averaging 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.5. The Blue Jackets currently have an over/under record of 21-16-1.
Across their last three home contests, Columbus has a 3-0 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 4 goals per game.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 12th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. The Blue Jackets went 3-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 9-14.
Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Kirill Marchenko. So far this season, he has 13 goals, placing him 59th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Marchenko has 8 assists this season.
Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 19th in takeaways at 6 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.4 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.
Heading into this matchup vs. Boston, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 23 games in this season. His current record is 7-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.9306930693069307%.