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Round 2 Game 1 Preview: Blue Jackets face next test against the Bruins

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First game in franchise history played past the first round

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00 EST
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: NBCSN; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Columbus Blue Jackets (47-31-4, 98 points, 5th Metro, 8th East, defeated Tampa Bay 4-0)

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Boston Bruins (49-24-9, 107 points, 2nd Atlantic, 2nd East, defeated Toronto 4-3)

After a lengthy break, the Blue Jackets are back on the ice for another round of playoff hockey! In case you missed it, we previewed the forwards and goalies yesterday, and stay tuned for a defense preview at noon today. You should also check out the latest episode of the Cannon Cast which we recorded last night, which you can find at the bottom of this article.

Player to Watch

Brad Marchand

At age 30, Marchand has put together the best season of his already impressive career, tallying a career-high 100 points. He led his team in scoring in Round One, and also led them in penalty minutes for the season, with more than 30 more penalty minutes than the most-penalized Blue Jacket (Pierre-Luc Dubois). Marchand’s game-breaking talent comes with a propensity for questionable hits and the occasional face licking. Yes, face licking.

WTF

Jackets Notes

The full Round Two schedule can be found here ... Markus Nutivaara has traveled with the team to Boston while recovering from his upper body injury. Ryan Murray and Adam McQuaid did not make the trip ... Vladislav Gavrikov missed practice on Tuesday to deal with an immigration matter, but is expected to be available to play if needed ... Artemi Panarin spent his time off practicing with the always-adorable Mr. Riziy:

Better defense than Jack Johnson.

The Other Bench

Boston advanced to this round thanks to a Game 7 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leaves ... Defensemen Connor Clifton and Kevan Miller remain out with injuries ... Boston’s roster features Dublin product Sean Kuraly, who played for the AAA Blue Jackets and for Miami University ... Another familiar face is John Moore, the 2009 CBJ first round pick.

Season Series

03/12/2019 BOS 4 @ CBJ 7
03/16/2019 CBJ 1 @ BOS 2 (OT)
04/02/2019 BOS 6 @ CBJ 2

04/25/2019 CBJ @ BOS
04/27/2019 CBJ @ BOS
04/30/2019 BOS @ CBJ
05/02/2019 BOS @ CBJ
05/04/2019 CBJ @ BOS (if necessary)
05/06/2019 BOS @ CBJ (if necessary)
05/08/2019 CBJ @ BOS (if necessary)

Playoff Stats

Boston Columbus
3.29 (5) GPG 4.75 (1)
2.43 (5) GAPG 2.00 (2)
43.8% (2) PP% 50.0% (1)
81.3% (7) PK% 83.3% (5)
49.22% (10) EV Corsi % 45.32% (13)
99.3 (10) EV PDO 103.3 (2)
Brad Marchand, 4 G Leader Matt Duchene, 3
Brad Marchand, 5 A Leader Matt Duchene and Zack Werenski, 4
Brad Marchand, 9 P Leader Matt Duchene, 7
Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy, 6 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 12

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Cam Atkinson
Alexandre Texier Nick Foligno Josh Anderson
Brandon Dubinsky Boone Jenner Riley Nash
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Dean Kukan Scott Harrington
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Boston Bruins
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci David Pastrnak
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Danton Heinen
Marcus Johansson Charlie Coyle Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk John Moore
Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak