Columbus Blue Jackets (15-24-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (30-14-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -270 / Columbus Blue Jackets +239 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Thursday night.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to Florida last time out. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 35 points with team-highs of 15 goals and 20 assists while Cam Atkinson has 41 points with 14 goals and 17 assists. Jack Roslovic also has 30 points with 20 assists while Seth Jones has 19 assists. Patrik Laine and Zach Werenski each have 20 points with Laine logging 12 goals while Werenski has 13 assists. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.4 goals on 28.9 shots with a 13.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 32 shots against with a 78.9% success rate on the PK this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to rebound from a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their last matchup. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning in scoring with 42 points including a team-high 34 assists while Brayden Point has 39 points with a team-high 20 goals along with 19 assists. Ondrej Palat has 38 points with 12 goals and 26 assists while Yanni Gourde has 31 points with 16 goals and 15 assists. Alex Killorn also has 12 goals and 15 apples while Mikhail Sergachev’s got 24 assists this season. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.4 goals on 30.3 shots with a 25.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.6 goals on 28.5 shots with an 82.4% success rate on the PK this season.
Columbus is 7-19 in their last 26 road games and 15-36 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Tampa Bay is 38-15 in their last 53 home games and 68-32 in their last 100 games as a favorite while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite. The under is30-14-3 in the last 47 meetings between these two teams.
I get that the Lightning are the better team here and Columbus has had an issue with keeping the puck out of the net lately, but the Blue Jackets also battle the Lightning tough and I think that this could end up being a war. I think that this game ends up shaking out as a defensive clinic, so give me the under here.