NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
When: Tuesday April 16th at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Tampa Bay -140
BookMaker has the Tampa Bay Lightning listed as -140 money line favorites over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter this game with a record of 62-19-4 and have lost three of their last five games including the first three games of the series.
The Columbus Blue Jackets enter this game with a record of 50-31-4 and have won their last five games in a row including the first three of the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets are 50-31-4 overall and 22-17-2 at home. The Columbus Blue Jackets were heavy underdogs entering this series, but with a win they will sweep the Presidents’ Cup Winners, Tampa Bay Lightning, and advance to the conference semifinals. Columbus is 50-31-4 overall, 22-17-2 at home and 13-10-2 as an underdog.
Matt Duchene leads the team in points with 5. Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and Zach Werenski are tied for the team lead in assists with 3 apiece. Matt Duchene and Cam Atkinson are tied for the team lead in goals with 2 apiece. Sergei Bobrovsky is 3-0 with a .940 save % and is allowing 1.67 goals per game in the playoffs.
Columbus is averaging 3.18 goals per game which ranks 10th in the NHL. They are averaging 31.45 shots per game which ranks 17th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.45 power play goals per game which ranks 26th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.69 power play chances per game which ranks 27th in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets are allowing an average of 2.79 goals per game which ranks 10th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are 62-19-4 overall and 30-9-2 on the road. The Presidents’ Cup Champion, Tampa Bay Lightning, are in danger of being swept and getting knocked out in the first round of the playoff as they are down 0-3 in the series against the Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay is 62-19-4 overall, 30-9-2 on the road and 59-15-4 as a favorite.
Erik Cernak leads the team in points and assists with 3 points and 3 assists. Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde, Alex Killorn and Ondreg Palat are tied for the team lead in goals with 1 apiece.
Tampa Bay is averaging 3.88 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 31.79 shots per game which ranks 14th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.87 power play goals per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL. They are averaging 3.13 power play chances per game which ranks 5th in the NHL.
The Lightning are allowing 2.75 goals per game which is tied for 8th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay avoids the sweep with a win
Chances are the Lightning will be eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs by the Blue Jackets, but they are too good of a team to just lay down and go away. Tampa Bay is 6-4 in their last ten match-ups with Columbus while outscoring the Blue Jackets by an average of 3.5 to 2.2 in those games.
The Blue Jackets are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Lightning while outscoring Tampa Bay by an average of 4 to 1.67. I look for the Lightning to get the win and avoid the sweep. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.