Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/25/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/25/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (31-14-2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (15-25-9)

Game Info: Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -295 / Columbus Blue Jackets +260 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Sunday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 15 goals, Jack Roslovic has 20 assists and Cam Atkinson has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 88 goals on 845 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 60 goals on 673 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 20 goals, Victor Hedman has 34 assists and Yanni Gourde has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 75 goals on 1,068 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 32 goals on 250 shots.

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The Blue Jackets are 7-20 in their last 27 road games and 15-37 in their last 52 overall. The Lightning are 39-15 in their last 54 home games and 75-33 in their last 108 overall. The over is 7-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to pile up the losses and the defense gets crushed time and time again. At this point you should blindly be fading the Blue Jackets with the way they've been playing. The Tampa Bay Lightning are head and shoulders the better team here and have had terrific success in the home favorite role. The Lightning have also won the last two meetings against the Blue Jackets by a combined score of 9-5. Give me the Lightning and the PL for max betting value. 

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

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