NHL Picks: Blue Jackets vs. Bruins

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The Boston Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday at the TD Garden. The odds are out; find out which side we're on!

According to NHL betting odds the Bruins are a -195 money line favorite and the posted total is 5.0. These two clubs have seen 6 of their last 7 meetings go under the total. The Bruins have won the last 4-games in this series.

“Boston Strong”

The Bruins enter tonight’s game winners of their last 3 in a row. They’ve outscored those 3 opponents by a combined 10-2. Boston is #1 in the NHL allowing a paltry 1.7 goals per game. Tuukka Rask is arguably the best goaltender in the world at the moment. Rask has posted a terrific 1.53 GAA and an excellent .948 save percentage while starting 15 of the Bruins 17-games this season. This the final game of a 5-game home stand that’s seen the Bruins go 3-1 so far, and earn 7 out of a possible 8-points.

Columbus Collapse

After starting the season 5-5 the Blue Jackets have preceded to lose 6 of their last 7. They last played on Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss at Washington. Columbus allowed Washington to tie the game with just 1:45 left in the 3rd period, and then Alex Ovechkin won it just 1:34 into the overtime period. Following tonight’s game the Blue Jackets will host Montreal tomorrow, then will head out on a 5-game in 9-day road trip. Columbus is currently dead last in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus has gone 20-60 in their last 80 games on the money line versus an opponent with a winning record.

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NHL Totals Super System

Any road team with a total of 5.0 or less while playing in the first half of the season, that’s coming off a 1-goal loss to a division opponent, and they have a losing record on the money line for the season has seen 47 of those 65-games (72.3%) go over the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. I recommend the readers take the over with their NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Columbus/Boston to go over the total of 5.0