Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/23/21

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/23/21 Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (3-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (1-2-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +130 / Tampa Bay Lightning -154 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another victory to build on their 3-0 record. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with two goals, Anthony Cirelli has three assists and Brayden Point has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up five goals on 85 shots faced.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here to rebound from a 1-2-2 record. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Alexandre Texier leads Columbus with three goals, Michael Del Zotto has three assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 88.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up seven goals on 108 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed eight goals on 60 shots.

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The Lightning are 67-30 in their last 97 road games and 47-17 in their last 64 overall. The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 8-22 in their last 30 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Lightning last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The Lightning are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a great start and are a tough team to step in front of when they're firing on all cylinders. The Columbus Blue Jackets continue their struggles from last season and the lack of offensive firepower up to this point makes them a tough sell against some of the best teams in the league. The Lightning have now won six of the last seven meetings against the Blue Jackets and yet another overtime win has to suck the confidence out of them. Give me Tampa and the reasonable juice.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -154

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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