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NHL Odds: Matt Duchene and Blue Jackets Host Game 4

by: Staff Writer - posted on: 01-May-2019

The trades of Columbus Blue Jackets' General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen are paying tremendous dividends in the playoffs. In Round 2, Matt Duchene has become the Jackets' top clutch scorer, as he potted the game winning goal in both Games 2 and 3. Now Columbus is up in their series against the Boston Bruins 2-1 and will have an opportunity to bring Boston to the brink of elimination should they win on Thursday in Game 4.

In addition to Duchene, the Blue Jackets are thriving off of the play of their backbone goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky. The Russian netminder has put Columbus on his back at times during these playoffs, but particularly against Boston, Bobrovsky has been stellar. He's let in just five goals in three games and is now up to a .937 save percentage in the postseason.

For Boston, they're still searching for production from their top players. Normally the top line of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron leads the B's offence, but they've tallied just one point combined in the first three games of the second round series; that poor play has put the Bruins in a tough position. They now need to win on the road on Thursday; the puck drops at 7:30 PM ET.