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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/14/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets
Date & Time Sunday April 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, OH
The Line
Columbus Blue Jackets +122 / Tampa Bay Lightning -143
TV Channel
SN360, TVA, NBCS, FS-Ohio, SunSports
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in game three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Sunday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be eager to turn things around after the Presidents’ Trophy winners enter game three down 2-0 in the series after Columbus picked up a 5-1 win in game two on Friday.

Cam Atkinson opened the scoring just 5:15 into the game and Zach Werenski doubled the lead for Columbus just after the midway point of the opening period, giving the Jackets a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Columbus stretched the lead to three thanks to a marker from Matt Duchene 1:28 into the 2nd which ended up being the lone goal of the 2nd frame.

Mikhail Sergachev pulled one back for Tampa Bay five minutes into the 3rd, but that’s as close as the Bolts would get as Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin would score just 3:09 apart to restore the three goal cushion and add a 5th goal for insurance.

Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 2-0-0 in the postseason after stopping 23 of 24 shots faced in the victory while Andrei Vasilevskiy took the L, falling to 0-2-0 after allowing all 5 goals on 27 shots faced in the losing effort.

Tampa Bay is 45-14 in their last 59 games overall and 41-16 in their last 57 road games while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference. Columbus is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home underdog. Tampa Bay is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Columbus.

Getting Tampa Bay at this low of a price is tempting considering that the Lightning won 30 games on the road in the regular season and now have their backs against the wall heading on the road for game three. However, outside of the first period in the series, the Blue Jackets have outplayed the Lightning for the remaining five periods, and game two wasn’t close from the get-go. I just think taking a shot with Columbus is the way to go given how much confidence the Blue Jackets are playing with right now and will be eager to try to get a 3-0 jump on the best team in the league.

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets +122

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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