Blue Jackets Will Prove Too Much for Visiting Bruins

Dana Lane

Monday, October 30, 2017 5:17 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 5:17 PM UTC

The Boston Bruins are in rebound mode after a crushing overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and now they move on to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena with a 7 p.m. ET puck drop.

Free NHL Pick: Blue Jackets -137Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets

Never overreact to injuries.

I think people put too much emphasis on a particular man being out of a line, as might be the case with the potential loss of Columbus' Cam Atkinson after he left the game Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. We don’t have a solid update on his status, but the Jackets did recall Tyler Motte from the Cleveland Monsters, which could provide an indication of his status. I’m proud of the betting public because I thought the news of his injury would push this line down to a reasonable number, but according to the SBR Odds page it appears that the public betting is even.

However the ‘sharps’ have pounded the Bruins, driving this line from an opening number of -150 to -145 and lower in some spots. This is a typical move because most advantage players want to gain their edge by betting a game early and usually when there is a key injury the other side gets bet down quick. This technique, although understandable, is usually bet without knowledge of the player who is replacing the injured. This reaction is often done without any regard to their opponents injuries.

Motte, who was in the Artemi Panarin trade from Chicago, has been sensational for the Monsters, where he had 7 points in 7 games to go along with a +2 plus/minus. He is a guy who was brought along correctly after tearing up the NCAA while at Michigan, where he ended up with 105 points in 107 total games with an impressive +38. Motte may turn out to be the gem in the deal that saw the Jackets return Brandon Saad and Anton Forsberg.

If Atkinson is out of the lineup, we can’t blindly forget about the injury issues the Boston Bruins have up the middle. Thankfully for Boston, Patrice Bergeron is back, but David Krejci (back) will be out tonight and Ryan Spooner (groin) who was moved to the IR on Oct. 19. The move allowed David Backes to move back in the lineup, but past Bergeron and Backes is a center position that is on thin ice. Riley Nash and Sean Kuraly still hasn’t found the back of the net in 9 games, making it very difficult to find confidence that Boston will match-up well against Alexander Wennberg (8 points, +3, 11 games).

From a trend perspective, the Bruins are just 5-12 against the Metropolitan Division, including a streak that has seen them drop five of their last six against Eastern Conference teams. Columbus has won five of its last seven at Nationwide Arena.

Jump on Columbus to cash another winner.

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