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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/8/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Amalie Arena
Tampa, FL
The Line
Tampa Bay Lightning: -1.5 (+135) / Tampa Bay Lightning -233 / Columbus Blue Jackets +180 / Columbus Blue Jackets: 1.5 (-172)
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, SunSports
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Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from Amalie Arena on Tuesday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on a 4-3 win over Florida in their last outing. Anthony Duclair opened the scoring for Columbus just 1:37 into the game but the lead wouldn’t last as Florida scored a pair of goals to jump ahead 2-1 after the opening period. Josh Anderson tied the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play and Brandon Dubinsky gave the Jackets a 3-2 lead that would evaporate late in the 3rd, as Florida tied the game to send it to overtime. The extra frame lasted all of :18 before Seth Jones buried to give the Blue Jackets the extra point in the end. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 18-12-1 this season after stopping 27 of 30 shots faced in the win.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to rebound after suffering their first regulation loss in over a month after a 5-2 loss to San Jose in their last outing. San Jose jumped out to a 2-0 lead just after the midway point of the opening period with a pair of goals in a span of :34 before Victor Hedman finally got the Bolts on the board. San Jose took a 3-1 lead before Mikhail Sergachev restored the one goal deficit but that’s as close as Tampa Bay got as the Sharks slammed the door the rest of the way and added a pair of insurance goals to secure the win. Andrei Vasilevskiy took the loss to fall to 16-4-2 this season after allowing all 5 goals on 33 shots in the losing effort.

Columbus is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 8-1-2 in their last 11 games against the Atlantic division. Tampa Bay is 39-14 in their last 53 games overall and 54-20 in their last 74 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Columbus is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 3-9 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jackets have been playing well as of late, both on the road and overall, so the plus money could be worth a look. However, Columbus haven’t won against Tampa Bay since January of 2017, with the Lightning winning 3 of the 4 meetings by at least a pair of goals by a combined score of 20-6. I’ll side with the Lightning to get back on track here and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll side with Tampa Bay on the puck line to try to get some value out of the bet.

Tampa Bay Lightning: -1.5 (+135)

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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