At long last, the Blue Jackets have an opponent for Round 2.
Columbus will face the Boston Bruins in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the first two games slated to take place at TD Garden in Boston.
The puck drops for Game 1 at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 will likely take place Saturday, but the NHL has yet to finalize details.
The Bruins advanced to face the Blue Jackets, who have been off for a week since sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, with a 5-1 win over Toronto in Game 7 of the teams' first round series Tuesday night in Boston.
Whether the rest for the Blue Jackets – and the test of a grueling seven-game series for the Bruins – will have any impact on the series will be known shortly.
In their three regular season games against the Bruins, the Blue Jackets went 1–1–1. Columbus topped Boston, 7-4, at Nationwide Arena on March 12 before falling in overtime in Boston, four days later, 2-1. In the final meeting, April 2 in Columbus, the Bruins skated to a 6-2 win. The setback is the only loss for Columbus in their last 12 games dating back to the regular season.