Tampa Bay Lightning (26-10-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-18-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +145 / Tampa Bay Lightning -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 16 goals, Victor Hedman has 29 assists and Brayden Point has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 57 goals on 836 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 24 goals on 203 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 14 goals, Steh Jones has 16 assists and Cam Atkinson has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 75 goals on 751 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 43 goals on 509 shots.
The Lightning are 36-17 in their last 53 road games and 70-29 in their last 99 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 21-44 in their last 65 overall. The over is 7-1 in Lightning last 8 road games. The under is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. The Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't a team that struggled very long, so I won't put much into this recent losing stretch. The Columbus Blue Jackets also haven't provided much value in the underdog role this season and their lack of offense makes them tough to trust against the better teams in the league. However, the Blue Jackets have won two of the four meetings this season against the Lightning and one of those losses went into overtime. There's enough here to take a shot with the Blue Jackets and the plus money.