Columbus Blue Jackets (14-15-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (24-9-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -250 / Columbus Blue Jackets +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 13 goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has 17 assists and Seth Jones has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 71 goals on 703 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 36 goals on 412 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 16 goals, Victor Hedman has 27 assists and Brayden Point has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 54 goals on 772 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 24 goals on 203 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 5-16 in their last 21 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Lightning are 37-15 in their last 52 home games and 39-16 in their last 55 overall. The under is 7-1 in Blue Jackets last 8 overall. The over is 9-4-1 in Lightning last 14 overall. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have not been able to string wins together this season and the offense continues to stink up the joint most nights against respectable clubs. The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost three straight, but they're still in the green despite being big favorites most nights and they've been money in the home favorite role. The Lightning should bounce back here. Give me Tampa Bay and the PL for max betting value.