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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1
(62-19-3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (50-31-3)
Date: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -141 | Blue Jackets +120
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To say the Lightning are in a hole would be an understatement as the President’s Trophy winners are now facing elimination down 0-3 to Columbus. Tampa Bay will get Nikita Kucherov back from suspension Tuesday, but is it too little too late?
Columbus will be fired up in game 4 after things got a bit chippy late in Sunday’s Blue Jackets win. Columbus was decent at home during the regular season, but this crowd is going to be insane in what seemed like an unlikely elimination game last week.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay had their chances in game 3, falling down 2-0 before climbing back to 2-1 but ultimately allowing an EN goal for the final tally of 3-1 Columbus. It was a strong effort overall considering the NHL’s leading scorer Kucherov was serving a suspension for boarding.
Tampa Bay may be down, but there’s a glimmer of hope if they can get a win on Tuesday. Kucherov will be back in the lineup and the series shifts back to Amalie Arena on Friday.
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The Lightning know they’re in a virtually insurmountable hole which could oddly enough ease some pressure off the team. TB did show signs of frustrations towards the end of Game 3 with Steven Stamkos throwing a late punch so maybe they’ve mentally checked out of this series already – or have found some fight.
One bright spot to take away from Sunday’s loss was that Andrei Vasilevskiy did look better. He had given up 9 goals in the first two games of the series back at home but held Columbus to 2 on 29 shots in Game 3.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The big question for Columbus is how they will respond to sudden pressure put upon them. The Blue Jackets had been playing with a carefree attitude as nobody gave them a chance as the 2nd wild card contender. Now Columbus must eliminate the top point scoring team in the league while they can.
Of course the Blue Jackets are still listed as underdogs in Game 4 (+120) and have won 10 of their last 11 overall. They’ll have the advantage of a raucous home crowd and will be up against a team wondering how their dream season has seemingly slipped away.
Another huge advantage that Columbus is holding is Sergei Bobrovsky in net. He has been masterful vs. the league’s #1 scoring defense, holding Tampa Bay to just 2 goals in the last 8 total periods of the series.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 48-16 their last 64 overall
- Lightning are 41-17 their last 58 road games
- Blue Jackets are 10-1 their last 11 overall
- Blue Jackets are 6-1 their last 7 home games
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Prediction:
Oddsmakers are still expecting Tampa Bay to make this a series, or at least keep their season alive listing the Lightning as -141 favorites. Tampa Bay may have already closed the books on their year however. Columbus is going to come out fired up, and Bobrovsky is playing his best hockey of the season right now.
4* Free NHL Playoff Betting Pick: Blue Jackets +120
NHL Free Score Prediction: Blue Jackets 4 – Lightning 2
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