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Bruins visit the Blue Jackets after Smith’s 3-goal game

March 5, 2022 GMT

Boston Bruins (33-18-4, fourth in the Atlantic) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (28-25-2, fifth in the Metropolitan)

Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jackets +159, Bruins -189; over/under is 5.5

BOTTOM LINE: Boston visits the Columbus Blue Jackets after Craig Smith scored three goals in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.

The Blue Jackets are 16-16-0 against Eastern Conference opponents. Columbus is 10th in the Eastern Conference with 29.8 shots per game and is averaging 3.2 goals.

The Bruins are 18-11-2 in conference games. Boston ranks 27th in the NHL with 35.2 shots per game and is averaging 3.0 goals.

The teams face off Saturday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Boone Jenner leads the Blue Jackets with 23 goals and has 43 points. Jakub Voracek has nine assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

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David Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 56 points, scoring 31 goals and adding 25 assists. Taylor Hall has seven assists over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 6-3-1, averaging 3.7 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.

Bruins: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 1.6 goals per game with a .945 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Brendan Gaunce: day to day (upper body).

Bruins: Curtis Lazar: day to day (upper body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.