Bruins kick off playoff series against the Blue Jackets
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Boston hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets to open the Eastern Conference second round. The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season. Boston went 2-1 against Columbus during the regular season.
The Bruins are 29-19-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston averages 9.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the NHL. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 96 total minutes.
The Blue Jackets are 31-19-2 against conference opponents. Columbus has converted on 15.4 percent of power-play opportunities, scoring 34 power-play goals.
TOP PERFORMERS: David Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 38 goals and has collected 81 points. Marchand has five goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Blue Jackets: Averaging 4.8 goals, 7.3 assists, 2.8 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while giving up two goals per game with a .932 save percentage.
Bruins: Averaging 3.3 goals, 4.7 assists, 2.4 penalties and 4.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Bruins Injuries: Kevan Miller: out (upper body).
Blue Jackets Injuries: Markus Nutivaara: day to day (upper body).