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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (9-4-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-2)
Date & Time Saturday November 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / Columbus Blue Jackets +122 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FS-Ohio, SunSports
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The NHL comes to the Sunshine State when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets head to the Tampa Bay Lightning for their second straight road game. Surging Columbus has won four of five after thumping the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Thursday night.

The Blue Jackets scored early and often and never stopped with Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson leading the scoring spree with two goals apiece while Boone Jenner, Tyler Mott and Markus Hannikainen also found the back of the net. Jenner and Matt Calvert also had a pair of assists in helping goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to the win.

The Panthers received a pair of tallies off the stick of Vincent Trocheck with Mark Pysyk also scoring but James Reimer gave up four goals on 19 shots and was replaced by Antti Niemi who allowed three scores on 21 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning play for the 4th time in five games on home ice when the Columbus Blue Jackets take the ice on Saturday. Tampa Bay will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping a 2-1, overtime decision to the visiting New York Rangers on Thursday. 

Defense ruled this one with two dangerous offenses held in check after scoring a combined 14 goals last time out. New York’s Chris Kreider scored in the first to finish a 3 on 1 break before the Lightning evened the score in the second on Yanni Gourde’s short handed tally.

JT Miller’s goal at just 1:19 of the extra session gave New York the two points and made Henrik Lundqvist and his 27 stops a winner while a great 33 save performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy salvaged a point for the Lightning.

Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Lightning are 9-1 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 6-1 in Lightning last 7 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. Road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and under is 19-6-1 in the last 26 meetings and under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings in Tampa Bay.  

These teams don’t see each other very often so trends don’t have a whole lot of value to me. I know the home team is 3-7 dating back to 2014 but until goalies are confirmed I lean under…

Pick:
under 6 // will update

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