Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins

The Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins each won their game 4 to even up their series. The Avalanche got their win at home while the Bruins got their win on the road. The series' moves back to San Jose and Boston respectively for games 5. That makes 3 of the 4 remaining series locked in 2-2 battles. Both the Bruins and Avs, the home teams, are favored next: Boston is -135 and San Jose is -125. Two keys for the Bruins game 4 win was 1- they were great on the penalty kill- keeping Columbus off the board in all 4 of their power plays. 2- They took a lot of shots. They had 46 shots on goal, which was their most in a playoff game- that didn't reach overtime- going all the way back to 1975.

And we can't overlook their goaltender, Tuukka Rask, who had 39 saves- his most in the playoffs since 2017, not to mention he stopped a penalty shot. As the series has progressed, so has Tuukka, and I believe he is the key for not only this series but the rest of the Bruins' playoff hopes. Goal-tending also played a big role in Colorado's win against the Sharks. Phillip Grubauer posted a shutout on 32 saves for his first playoff shutout. Now that Boston won, I feel a little more confident picking them to win the Cup again, down 3-1, even with a game 5 at home, would have been a big hole to climb out of, but 2-2 with game 5 at home means they just have to win their home games to advance to wound 3.

The one thing that still worries me about Boston is how many games they've played, 7 in round one, and at least 6- if not 7- in round 2- so how much gas will they have left going forward? The only other series that is not 2-2 is the Hurricanes vs. Islanders, where Carolina has a commanding 3-0 lead with game 4 at home. They should look for the sweep and await the winner of Columbus-Boston.