Good teams know how to respond when they are down and that is exactly what the Boston Bruins were able to accomplish in Game 4. With the possibility of going down 3-1 on the line, the Bruins put their foot down with a 4-1 win in Columbus. That’s a missed opportunity by the Blue Jackets. It maybe doesn’t look like much because the series is still tied, but that’s a big lost chance by the Jackets.
It would have been highly difficult for the Bruins to win three straight games against the Blue Jackets. However, they won’t have to do that and have home-ice advantage in their favour again. Win two games at home and they’re moving on to the Eastern Conference Final. It’d be nicer to just win Game 5 and 6, though.
The Bruins were the favourites going into this series and go into Game 5 as the favourites. They are currently around -140, which is approximately around the price they are for this game. Naturally, the odds suggest that the Bruins win here, and then the Blue Jackets tie it up in Game 6 for a final Game 7 in Boston.
I think a lot of people had this series going to a Game 7 from the start, so things are playing out according to plan for the most part. They split Game 1 and 2 in Boston and then a split in Columbus to set up Game 5.
Boston were clearly the better team in Game 4, they deserved the win. There have been a lot of even games in the playoffs this season with a play or two deciding the outcome, but the Bruins were the clear aggressors and desperate team from the get-go. However, it isn’t like Rask didn’t help out as he stopped 39 saves. The Bruins put up 46 shots as they had their best offensive game of the series and their highest shot total of the playoffs. Head below for our free Blue Jackets vs. Bruins Game 5 pick.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins Game 5 Pick
The Blue Jackets hit the net a ton, but Rask and the Bruins were just better. Sergei Bobrovsky had been fantastic up to that point, and he still played a pretty good game despite allowing 4 goals. He still managed to make 42 saves for a 0.913 save percentage. That said, Bobrovsky has played out of his mind in the playoffs and that was one of his more forgettable performances.
He is one of those goaltenders who goes through long stretches of hot play, but has cooling down periods as well. It’d be awfully disappointing if he gets cold now because that’s going to be the end for the Blue Jackets. In any event, the defence gave him no support and he had to face a lot of action. They should be able to play better in this one, but the Blue Jackets should also expect the Bruins to play better at TD Garden.
The Bruins have allowed 2.7 goals per game on the road as opposed to 2.4 per game at home. The same goes for Rask, who has been more productive at home with a 2.32 GAA in Boston compared to a 2.65 GAA on the road. Moreover, his career statistics indicate a 2.12 GAA at home, with a 2.43 GAA on the road.
Boston has been proficient with a record of 31-11-4 at TD Garden going into tonight. The Blue Jackets’ win in Game 2 was the first in four attempts in Boston. They needed overtime to do it with Matt Duchene finding the back of the net. The Bruins likely protect their ice here after faltering in that contest. It should be a must-see contest, with the Bruins ultimately emerging on top.