Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blue Jackets vs Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(15-25-29) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (31-14-2)
Date: Sunday , April 25th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Center in Tampa Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blue Jackets (+245) Lightning (-290)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are now 1-4 in their last 5 games, making you rightfully skeptical as to why anyone would put 100 dollars down on the Blue Jackets. With that being said, however, Tampa Bay leads their season series by a slim margin of 4-3, which again means an upset is possible.
While the Blue Jackets have been outscored 8-19 during the last five-game period, including a 3-1 stomping by the Lightning, they also have only lost consecutive games to the Lightning once this season. That means it’s very unlikely that this anomaly would happen again, giving the Blue Jackets a slight edge.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 3-2 in their last five and 5-5 in their last ten games. That puts the defending Stanley Cup Champions on defense and on very shaky ground. Of course, a majority of their losses came against division leaders, but this is still a team you probably wouldn’t want to take a bet on right now.
Keep in mind that Tampa Bay has lost three out of their seven matchups against the worst team in their division, giving them a very slim margin of error here. Their star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is also 2-2 against the Blue Jackets this season, and he has given up 11 goals against Columbus this season.
If Vasilevskiy is the starter, which is a possibility after he was rested for the April 22nd game in favor of Curtis McElhinney, he has given up 11 goals in four games against the Blue Jackets giving him an average of allowing 2.5 goals per game.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Tampa Bay is 12-5 SU in their last 17 games played on a Sunday when playing at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus’ last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.
- Columbus is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games this season.
Free Columbus Blue Jackets versus Tampa Bay Lighting:
Stats don’t lie and there are a lot of stats working against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the moment. Sure, an argument could be made that they beat Columbus two times in a row for the first time in the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again.
Furthermore, with how inconsistent the goalie lineup is against the Blue Jackets, it doesn’t feel like they could reasonably pull off three wins in a row with a record of 4-3 against the worst team in their league.
.4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +245
In the end, the Columbus Blue Jackets have had a bad season, to say the least, and are going to take a victory wherever they can get. Fortunately for the Blue Jackets, statistics seem to show that Columbus will come out on top in this one.
So put that money down and watch the Blue Jackets pick up yet another upset win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yeah, there are some trends that show this won’t be the case on Sunday, but how is Tampa going to pull off three straight wins on a team they barely managed to beat twice in a row?
Tread lightly, but if you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday night, go with the Blue Jackets straight up.
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