Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning - 8/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning - 8/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (36-23-17) at Tampa Bay Lightning (46-22-6)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -164 / Columbus Blue Jackets +148 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in game two of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a bounce back victory here to even up this series at 1-1. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.33 goals per game and are scoring on 5.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with four goals, Cam Atkinson has three assists and Alexandre Texier has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.17 goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up eight goals on 202 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed four goals on 74 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory here. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.25 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with three goals, Nikita Kucherov has three assists and Mikhail Sergachev has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.50 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up nine goals on 152 shots faced.

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The Blue Jackets are 27-13 in their last 40 Thursday games, 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-15 in their last 21 overall. The Lightning are 48-16 in their last 64 Thursday games, 75-28 in their last 103 vs. Eastern Conference and 107-51 in their last 158 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Blue Jackets last 9 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Lightning last 5 overall. The favorite is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning have gone to overtime the last two meetings, so there's some value in the plus money based on how close these contests have been. The issue is that the Blue Jackets haven't provided much betting value in the underdog role lately, and it's going to be tough after losing a marathon match in game one. It feels like the winner of those long, drawn out games comes away with two victories, as it's a massive momentum shift. I'll lay the juice with the Lightning in game two.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -164

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