Lightning vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Odds & Game Preview

Lightning vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Odds & Game Preview

Written by on February 18, 2019

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to take care of business at home when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a highly intriiguing matchup on Monday night. Now, let’s find out which one of these Stanley Cup hoipefuls is ofering the best value against their NHL betting odds.

Lightning vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Odds & Game Preview

Why Bet on Tampa Bay?

Why should you consider betting on the Lightning? Because they’ve looked and played like the best team in hockey since Opening Night.

Tampa Bay has won four straight including a 3-0 home shutout of Montreal on Saturday. Tampa Bay, which has three 70-point scorers including the league leader Nikita Kucherov (94) points) has gotten consecutive shutouts from underrated net-minder Andrei Vasilevskiy.

“I think we’re taking a little more pride in our D zone,” Lightning forward Yanni Gourde told reporters. “I think we don’t allow as (many) scoring chances and obviously Vasy is big time for us back there.”

>Kucherov, Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson all lit the lamp in the third period to get past the Canadiens the last time out while Ondrej Palat and Steven Stamkos added two assists apiece.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Goals: 3.93
  • Shots: 32.39
  • PP/PK Percentage: 29.90
Defense
  • Goals: 2.69
  • Shots: 31.98
  • PP/PK Percentage: 15.43

Why Bet on Columbus?

Are the Blue Jackets a safe bet in the NHL odds?

Why should you consider betting on Columbus? Because the Blue Jackets are playing well right now,  having won five of their last six games including a 5-2 smackdown of Chicago on Saturday. Artemi Panarin scored a pair of goals to lead the way to victory while Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson all added goals in the win.

“I think we just played to our strengths,” Atkinson told reporters after his trio combined for four goals and two assists Saturday. “I think we did a lot of good reloading, which created a lot of turnovers. … Our whole line contributed. I think we all did a lot of good things, and we have to continue.”

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Goals: 3.25
  • Shots: 31.77
  • PP/PK Percentage: 16.05
Defense
  • Goals: 3.02
  • Shots: 30.09
  • PP/PK Percentage: 16.11

Tampa Bay vs Columbus NHL Betting Trends

  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road
  • Columbus is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Columbus’s last 16 games at home

Expert Analysis and Prediction

Columbus might be playing well right now, but Tampa Bay is really the better team at both ends of the ice and they’re supremely focused right now as they steamroll toward the end of the regular season.

The Lightning are 40-11 in their last 51 games against their Eastern Conference counterparts and a seriously bankroll-boosting 36-17 in their last 53 road games. Conversely, the Blue Jackets are just 1-4 in their last 5 home games. I like Tampa Bay to deliver a big-time message in this one!

NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay 4 Columbus 2

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