Columbus Blue Jackets (36-23-17) at Tampa Bay Lightning (46-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -170 / Columbus Blue Jackets +150 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in game two of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final matchup from Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to rebound after a heart-breaking game one loss to the Bolts in a whopping five overtimes by a final score of 3-2.
Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets just 2:39 into the game but Brayden Point would tie the game at one for Tampa Bay just under four minutes later. Oliver Bjorkstrand would restore the lead for Tampa Bay with less than a minute to go in the second period but Yanni Gourds would tie the game at two just :23 into the 3rd. That was all of the scoring we would see for the next 109 minutes as Point would give Tampa Bay the win 10:27 into the 5th overtime period, putting an end to an instant classic as the Lightning left the game with the series lead.
Andrei Vasilevskiy got the win in the crease for Tampa after stopping 61 of 53 shots faced in the winning effort while Joonas Korpisalo set an NHL record with 85 saves on 88 shots faced in the defeat in goal for Columbus.
Columbus is 6-15 in their last 21 games overall and 4-10 in their last 14 games as an underdog while the over is 9-4-1 in their last 14 conference quarter-final games. Tampa Bay is 61-30 in their last 91 games following a win and 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games as a favorite while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings between these two teams and the under is 25-10-2 in the last 37 meetings between these two teams.
The Lightning are definitely worth a look here as I have a hard time seeing the Blue Jackets being up for this one emotionally after losing game one in heart-breaking fashion having played 2.5 games in one night. With that said, the last two meetings have gone to extra time, so the puck line doesn’t hold much weight and I’m not laying this price on the ML. Instead, I’ll side with the under. I think we see some tired legs here and while that could lend itself to more open space on the ice, I also think it takes a toll on the forwards and scoring will be at a premium here. Give me the under.