The Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins will meet this Thursday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Columbus hasn’t played a game for over a week after making quick work of the Tampa Bay Lightning in four games. Boston, meanwhile, is coming off of another Game 7 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the second consecutive year they’ve done so. While Columbus may be rusty, they’ll be rested and healthy. If they can continue the style of play that resulted in a sweep of the Lightning, the Blue Jackets could be trouble for a Bruins team coming off of a long series and short rest.

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No one could have expected the Blue Jackets to embarrass the Tampa Bay Lightning the way they did in the quarterfinals; it wasn’t even close. The Jackets were faster, worked harder and got better goaltending than the Lightning.

Boston, however, will be riding high after coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to hand the Leafs a Game 7 and series loss for the second year in a row. Columbus’ style of play is difficult to match, so it’ll be up to the Bruins find another gear and match the Jackets’ intensity. The puck drops at 7:00 PM ET, so don’t miss the action.

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