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Blue Jackets vs. Bruins Game 3 Betting Odds, Preview: Will Columbus Stay Perfect at Home?

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Bob DeChiara, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Torey Krug, Artemi Panarin

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are -120 favorites in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
  • Columbus adjusted well in Game 2, is it Boston's turn to make some changes and grad a win on the road?
  • Michael Leboff analyzes the odds and breaks down the

Betting odds: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Bruins odds: +112
  • Blue Jackets odds: -124
  • Over/Under: 5.5
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBCSN

After nearly stealing Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, the Columbus Blue Jackets were able to earn a victory in Game 2 to wrestle home-ice advantage away from the B’s.

Even though both Game 1 and 2 went past regulation, they played out very differently. The Bruins were stellar in Game 1, controlling 67% of the shot attempts and 58.4% of the expected goals. It was a vintage performance by the B’s, propelled by their top players: Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.

Sergei Bobrovsky kept Columbus in the series-opener and, thanks to some less-than-stellar play from his counterpart, Tuukka Rask, the Jackets were able to push the game to overtime.

Charlie Coyle was able to secure a deserved win for the Bruins in overtime and it looked like the Blue

Game 1 was Columbus’ first game in over a week, so maybe it was just shaking off some rust, but whatever the case, the Blue Jackets were vastly improved in Game 2, basically splitting the shot attempts and expected goals with the B’s but creating double the amount of high-danger scoring chances. It didn’t hurt that Bobrovsky was on his game, either.

So now the series shifts to Columbus, where you can expect a raucous crowd. This is the first time in franchise history that the Blue Jackets have made the second round, so things should be pretty fun at Nationwide Arena.

Game 3 Betting Analysis

Columbus certainly made terrific adjustments for Game 2 and John Tortorella is in the coaching form of his life, but it’s not a sure thing that the Blue Jackets from Game 2 show up, plus the B’s have shown the ability to adjust in big spots already this postseason.

According to the Action Network’s consensus odds, Game 1 closed -140/+127 and Game 2 closed -136/+123, both in favor of Boston. According to those numbers, the Bruins had an implied probability of 57% and 56.2% (without adjusting for the vig).

That tells you that the betting market has the Bruins as a slight favorite on neutral ice on regular rest (home-ice advantage is worth about 5% in NHL).

Oddsmakers have made the Blue Jackets a -124 favorite with the Bruins coming back at +112. In terms of implied probability, the Bruins sit at 46%, which I believe is a little low. I think this game is pretty close to a coin flip and am going to take a chance on Boston at +110 or better.

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