Stanley Cup Playoffs: Saturday NHL Preview

Profile Picture: D.S. Williamson

D.S. Williamson

May 4th, 2019

A pair of crucial Game 5 matchups are on the docket tonight in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as both the Blue Jackets-Bruins and Avalanche-Sharks series are tied at 2-2.

Columbus Blue Jackets (+120) at Boston Bruins (-140), 7:15p.m. ET, NBCSN

The Bruins have gone 32-11-3-1 at home, and Boston appears set to take charge.

The Game 5 key will be how Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask plays. Rask stopped 39 of the Blue Jackets' 40 shots in Game 4. If he plays as well in Game 5, Boston looks tough to beat on Saturday.

NHL Free Pick: Boston Bruins

Colorado Avalanche (+100) at San Jose Sharks (-125) 10 p.m. ET, NBCSN

The Avalanche are 4-23 in the last 27 trips to San Jose, while the Sharks are 6-1 in their last seven games as a favorite of -110 to -150. San Jose has an excellent 29-13-3-2 record at home. They're also 4-0 in their last four games when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game.

NHL Free Pick: San Jose Sharks