Blue Jackets vs. Lightning - 3/13/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (39-24-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (28-32-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +120 / Tampa Bay Lightning -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSOH
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets clash Sunday afternoon at the Nationwide Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 29 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 29 assists and Alex Killorn has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 103 goals on 1,386 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 45 goals on 529 shots. Bishop has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power plays. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 24 goals, Brandon Saad has 17 assists and Boone Jenner has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 70 goals on 784 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 66 goals on 808 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 17-43 in their last 60 Sunday games. The Lightning are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Lightning have been on fire over the last month but could still use a win to snap a recent three-game skid. Tampa Bay has also beaten Columbus in five of the last six meetings, which has to count for something. Give me the Lightning on the road for the reasonable price.