Atkinson and the Blue Jackets host Boston with 2-1 series lead
Columbus, Ohio; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Columbus leads series 2-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference second round with a 2-1 lead in the series. The teams meet Thursday for the seventh time this season. The Blue Jackets won the previous matchup 2-1.
The Blue Jackets are 31-19-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. Columbus has given up 30 power-play goals, killing 85 percent of opponent chances.
The Bruins are 20-15-6 on the road. Boston averages 9.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the league. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 96 total minutes.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Bruins: Averaging 2.9 goals, 4.4 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .925 save percentage.
Blue Jackets: Averaging 3.7 goals, 6.0 assists, 2.9 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.0 goals per game with a .937 save percentage.
Blue Jackets Injuries: Markus Nutivaara: day to day (upper body).