Last Updated: 2019-04-14
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets are ready to face off at Nationwide Arena in Game 3 of the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 14, and fans at home can view it live on NBC Sports Network.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Playing the role of underdogs will be the Lightning (-130), while the Blue Jackets are favored showing moneyline odds of +110. The Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals and originally opened at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. That line has since shifted however, and it now sits at -115 for the over, -105 for the under.
Tampa Bay is 62-22 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 24.4 units this season. Through 84 regular season outings, 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Bolts are 30-11 SU as an away team in 2018-19.
After sporting the league’s best power-play unit in the regular season (scoring on 27.8 percent of all chances), the Lightning have yet to find net this postseason.
The Lightning’ offensive skaters attempted 31.8 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.9 goals per contest (ranked first overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, however, the team’s down to an average of 26.5 shots on goal and down to 2.0 goals per game.
Boasting a .922 save percentage and 29.6 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (39-16-4) has been the primary option in goal for Tampa Bay this year. If head coach Jon Cooper decides to rest him, however, Tampa Bay may turn to Louis Domingue (21-5), who has a .908 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this year.
Over on the other bench, Columbus is 49-35 straight up (SU) and has netted 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 46 of its outings have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just six have pushed. It’s 22-19 SU at home this season.
The Blue Jackets have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Sergei Bobrovsky has stopped 25.8 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky has 39 wins, 25 losses, and one overtime loss to his name and has maintained a 2.56 goals against average and a .913 save percentage this year.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Over
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For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
Eight of Columbus’ last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 7-1 overall in those games.
Tampa Bay skaters have dished out the sixth-most hits in the league (26.0 per game).