Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/25/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-5-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (13-7-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -155 / Columbus Blue Jackets +140 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, SUN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning clash Friday night in a NHL contest at the Amalie Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with seven goals, Cam Atkinson has 10 assists and Sam Gagner has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 33 goals on 468 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed six goals on 80 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning also look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Lightning are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 10 goals, Steven Stamkos has 11 assists and Alex Killorn has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 12 goals on 245 shots faced and Ben Bishop has allowed 36 goals on 391 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won seven straight games when scoring more than two goals.
The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games. The Lightning are 28-12 in their last 40 home games and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Both teams are playing very good hockey at the moment so you can make a strong case for either side. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten the better of the Columbus Blue Jackets recently and continue to be very stingy on their home ice. So, I have to side with Tampa Bay in this spot even if the price isn't great.