Preview: Boston at Columbus

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Friday, November 21, 2014
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Matchup Edge
BOS Edge in: CLB
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


After splitting his first eight decisions, Tuukka Rask has rebounded into the form that saw him claim the Vezina Trophy last season. The 27-year-old Finn is expected to be in net as the Boston Bruins vie for their eighth win in 10 games overall and seventh consecutive against the host Columbus Blue Jackets when the clubs meet at Nationwide Arena on Friday. Last season's leader with seven shutouts, Rask registered his first with 33 saves in Boston's 2-0 triumph over St. Louis on Tuesday.

Columbus looked to have righted the ship with back-to-back victories following a franchise-tying nine-game skid before falling flat in a 5-0 setback to Detroit on Tuesday. Sergei Bobrovsky sputtered in his second start after missing eight contests with a broken finger. The 2013 Vezina Trophy recipient is winless in four career appearances versus the Bruins, posting an 0-2-1 mark with a 2.24 goals-against average

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE BRUINS (12-8-0): Boston's battered back line absorbed another hit as the team announced that defenseman Adam McQuaid suffered a broken right thumb versus the Blues and will be sidelined six to eight weeks. The injury was the latest to the team's blue-liners that already has claimed captain Zdeno Chara (knee), Torey Krug (finger) and David Warsofsky (groin), although fellow defenseman Kevan Miller is expected to return to the lineup after being activated from injured reserve following a shoulder ailment. Dougie Hamilton was able to return to practice Thursday as he battles flu-like symptoms, but the team recalled fellow blue-liner Zach Trotman from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (6-11-1): Defenseman Jack Johnson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and claims that his parents are to blame for his situation, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Signed to a seven-year, $30.5 million deal in 2011, Johnson granted power of attorney to his mother and noted that his parents purchased a house in California with high interest rates and without his knowledge. "I'd say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path," the 27-year-old Johnson told the newspaper. "I've got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It's something I should have done a long time ago."

OVERTIME

1. Boston LW Brad Marchand will not travel with the team and will miss his second straight contest with an undisclosed injury.

2. Columbus LW Matt Calvert is expected to return to the lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury.

3. Bruins C Patrice Bergeron has scored in consecutive contests and has four goals and five assists in his last eight games.

PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Boston 12-8-0-0 W2 8-4-0-0 4-4-0-0 1-1-0-0 11-7-0-0 6-4-0-0
Columbus 6-11-1-0 L1 3-6-0-0 3-5-1-0 0-1-0-0 6-10-1-0 ---

Last Meeting

Boston Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/30/13 CLB 1 BOS 3 36 13 1-6 14 33 1-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
BOS D. Krejci 2
CLB R. Johansen 1
Goals Player  
BOS M. Lucic 2
CLB R. Johansen 1
Assists Player  
BOS D. Krejci 2
CLB F. Tyutin 1
Saves Player  
BOS C. Johnson 13
CLB C. McElhinney 33
Season
Total Points Player  
BOS P. Bergeron 15
CLB R. Johansen 20
Goals Player  
BOS P. Bergeron 5
CLB N. Foligno 9
Assists Player  
BOS P. Bergeron 10
CLB R. Johansen 14
Saves Player  
BOS T. Rask 368
CLB S. Bobrovsky 278

Quickchart Matchup

Boston Off vs  Columbus Def
2.6 GF
3.56 GA
28.7 Shots
32.4 Shots
11 PP
17 PK
Columbus Off vs  Boston Def
2.44 GF
2.45 GA
29.8 Shots
28.6 Shots
17 PP
13 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 136 -150
-130
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 120 -140
110
5.5
Sportsbook 120 -140
110
5.5
5Dimes.eu
125
-135
115
5.5
GTBets.eu OFF OFF OFF
Top Bet 115 -135
110
5.5
BetOnline.ag 120
-132
115
5.5
BetDSI 120 -140
110
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont 120 -140
110
5.5
BookMaker.eu 120 -140
110
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Columbus
12-8-0-0 W/L 6-11-1-0
7-13 ATS 8-10
8-10 O/U 9-8
2.60 Goals For 2.44
2.45 Goals Agnst 3.56
Boston A/H Columbus
4-4-0-0 W/L 3-6-0-0
2-6 ATS 2-7
3-3 O/U 5-3
2.50 Goals For 2.33
3.00 Goals Agnst 3.78