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Columbus
vs
Boston
May 4
 
7:15 PM ET
Steve Macfarlane
Steve Macfarlane 
With more than 20 years in the media, including almost a decade chasing the NHL’s Calgary Flames around the continent for the Calgary Sun, he has his fingers on the pulse on professional hockey. The former newspaper man turned online analyst has contributed to Bleacher Report, The Hockey News, The Fourth Period Magazine, and makes regular appearances on Flames Nation for the Nation Network north of the border.
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It's down to a best-of-three contest between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets, with the home-ice advantage reverting back to the Killer Bs thanks to their convincing win in Game 4 to tie the series. 

The Blue Jackets weren't even expected to make it this far, so the Bruins came into the series as heavy favourites. But so were the Jackets' first-round opponent, and the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't last very long after one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. 

With the second-round series going back and forth, is there anything you can bank on for Game 5?

Over/Under
The Pick: Under (5.5) via MyBookie
The under offers your best value. It's a little surprising oddsmakers haven't lowered the over given that every game this series has totaled five goals (three times) or fewer. And two of them needed overtime to get that fifth goal.  

The goaltenders for both teams have been playing some of their best hockey of the season, and although there is plenty of scoring depth on either side, it seems most of the damage in every contest is being done by just one of their combinations. 

Playoff hockey is defensive by nature, and as series move forward, that tight checking gets even more intense as neither wants a mistake to cost them an all-important game.  Another overtime contest is likely with these guys as evenly matched as they get. Game 4's 4-1 contest was the first in the series decided by more than a goal. 

Expect both a close final and a goaltending showcase Saturday in Boston for Game 5. Take the under before they raise it.

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