Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (13-20-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (17-15-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -195 / Columbus Blue Jackets +175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, SUN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning face off Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a strong road win after losing five of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Scott Hartnell leads Columbus with 13 goals, Nick Foligno has 14 assists and Boone Jenner has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 60 goals on 713 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 240 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 14 goals, Anton Stralman has 10 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 55 goals on 747 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 19 goals on 204 shots. Bishop has allowed allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Blue Jackets are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Blue Jackets continue to struggle while the Lightning have been consistent for the most part and haven't lost much when having a long rest. I'll take the Lightning two win by two goals.