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Bruins at Blue Jackets | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Blue Jackets -120 Favorites
The Bruins have not lost consecutive games this postseason, and their ability to rebound has been outstanding during their current playoff run. Then again, the Blue Jackets have only lost once so far, and they bounced back with a 3-2 double overtime victory in Game 2 of this series after dropping the opener by the same score in OT.
This has been an extremely physical series, with the two teams combining for 91 hits in Game 2 after seeing 71 in Game 1. Home ice could very well be the difference, and Columbus made sure to avoid a meltdown like in last year’s first round when the Washington Capitals won three times at Nationwide Arena by closing out the Tampa Bay Lightning in a four-game sweep this year.
Boston won two of three at Toronto though in the first round and has gone 4-1 in its last five road games dating back to the end of the regular season, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
Sharks at Avalanche | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Avalanche -120 Favorites
Bettors saw the best and worst of these two teams in the first two games, so it will be interesting to see how the change of location will affect them for the next two. For the second straight series, the Avalanche were dominated in the series opener only to come through with a one-goal road upset in Game 2 heading back home to the Pepsi Center.
The OVER is 3-1-1 in Colorado’s last five games since edging the top-seeded Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime of Game 2, which turned the tide of that first-round series. Meanwhile, San Jose has seen the OVER go 7-2 in its nine playoff games to date, including three in a row.
While goaltender Martin Jones has been sharp lately for the Sharks, he still has a tendency to revert back to his struggling form from the middle of the first round when he was pulled twice in three games against the Vegas Golden Knights. Regardless, this looks to be another high-scoring affair.