Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/6/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (14-18-8) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (26-10-2)
Game Info: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +145 / Tampa Bay Lightning -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to rebound from a 5-1 loss to Detroit in their last game. Victor Hedman leads the Bolts in scoring with 36 points including a team-high 29 assists while Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point each have a team-high 16 goals with 17 assists for 33 points respectively this season. Ondrej Palat also has 33 points with 21 assists this year. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.5 goals on 30.4 shots per game with a 26.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 28.2 shots per game against with an 82.3% success rate on the PK this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Florida last time out. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 31 points including team-highs of 14 goals with 17 assists while Cam Atkinson has 25 points with 13 goals and 12 assists with a team-high 116 shots on goal this season. Jack Roslovic and Seth Jones also have 16 assists apiece this season. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.5 goals on 28.9 shots with a 14.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.2 goals on 31.7 shots with a 76.9% success rate on the PK this season.
Tampa Bay is 70-29 in their last 99 games overall and 61-19 in their last 80 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Columbus is 21-44 in their last 65 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Columbus.
I get the case that could be made for both sides here as Columbus just seems to get up for this game while the Lightning are the better team side-by-side. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as I’m expecting another tight, hard-hitting and physical game between these two teams that simply don’t like each other. Love the under in this spot.