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The biggest game on the slate
Columbus @ Boston, 7:15 PM EDT – After four games of this series, it is clear that it should grind on to what could be the distance. Boston’s top line finding themselves in Game 4 was interesting as they had gone ice cold for so long. Only in the playoffs can three games feel like an eternity.
If the moneyline dips to around -130 to -135, that would be a good number to bet. The Blue Jackets are a much better road team which makes it surprising (given their game 2 overtime win) that the game is not even closer. With the moneyline dangling where it is at now, Columbus becomes the more tempting pick at +120 to +125.
The over/under projects to stay at 5 1/2. The currently expected goalie matchup is again Tuukka Rask versus Sergei Bobrovsky. A key matchup once again will be Brandon Dubinsky versus the Patrice Bergeron line (watch to see how John Tortorella tries to switch that up as well). Occasionally, the Artemi Panarin line may go strength versus strength here. Do not be surprised to see one or two more small fluctuations betting wise for this game.
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Games Against the Spread
Columbus (+120) @ Boston – Again, Columbus at +120 is a bet which must be explored. The Blue Jackets enjoy the road it seems. Overall, on the season, they are 28-14-3 away from home while allowing just 2.58 goals per game. Most of that is thanks to Sergei Bobrovsky. The Columbus goalie is 6-2 in these playoffs with a 2.13 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. This includes six quality starts in those eight contests. Tuukka Rask stole Game 4 making 30+ saves and allowing just one goal in Columbus while Bobrovsky robbed Boston in Games 2 and 3. It is the kind of series where the teams are even enough that goaltending will decide Game 5 as well.
A better effort should be expected from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday evening and some books have slid back to +115 for Columbus while a couple has edged to +125.
Notable Score And Other Props
So, the puckline for San Jose stands at +200 (-1.5 goals). Their 60-minute line is still at +120 at least which is quite enticing. Also, San Jose scoring three or four goals sits right at +125. The number of total goals at 4 or 5 is a robust but risky +200. That five is dangerously close even with an over/under of 5.5. The Columbus 60-minute line is up to +180. That may be intriguing enough to take in a parlay or separately.
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