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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning 03/30/2021 Picks, Hockey Predictions and Previews

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning 03-30-2021 Picks Hockey Predictions and Previews

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning 03/30/2021 – Two sliding teams aim to arrest their respective losing streaks as the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday at the Amalie Arena in Florida. The Blue Jackets are currently on a four-game slide while the Lightning has surprisingly suffered back-to-back losses in their last two games after enjoying a previous five-game winning run. Overall, the sting brought by the series of losses is felt more on Columbus’ side as the team remains outside the playoff line with 13 wins and 34 points in 36 games. The Lightning is obviously the favorites in this match. Based on the latest nhl betting odds, bettors can put their money on the home team at a short price of -208; the Blue Jackets are underdogs at +170. The game begins at 07:00 PM Eastern Time, which is to be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Ohio and NHL.TV.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning 03/30/2021

When: Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 PM ET

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

TV: FSOH

Stream: NHL.TV

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning 03/30/2021 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Columbus Blue Jackets +1 (-120) 5.5 o (-105) +170
Tampa Bay Lightning -1 (+125) 5.5 u (-130) -208
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Columbus Blue Jackets

Things do not look promising for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they begin the second half of the regular season. The team has just been swept by Detroit Red Wings in their back-to-back meetings last weekend, putting their bid for a postseason spot in serious jeopardy. Mathematically, a ticket to the playoffs is still within reach, but Columbus must recognize an entry alone does not guarantee success. Should they make it to the next round, showing up would not be enough – they must compete. And for them to achieve a form fit for the next level, they must start treating each and every game as if their lives are on the line.  

Players to watch: O. Bjorkstrand RW (G 12, A 17, PTS 29), C. Atkinson RW (G 12, A 12, PTS 24), J. Roslovic C (G 6, A 15, PTS 21).

Tampa Bay Lightning

Losing has been an uncanny circumstance for the Tampa Bay Lightning this year – but their last two games seemed to be otherwise. The team lost to the Dallas Stars and to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, both of which were close calls that finished with a final score of 4-3. It was uncharacteristic for the Blue Jackets to record a losing streak, more so to fall short of two tightly contested games. Fortunately for them, it was just their seventh and eighth loss of the regular season as their overall showing during the year enabled them to keep the top spot in the Central Division. But they must realize that the established cushion is now in danger, especially with the Hurricanes, as well as the Florida Panthers lurking closely at the second and third spots. Although they are heavily favored at home against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, Tampa Bay must take no chances, otherwise, they might put themselves in a trap that could have huge implications with the postseason just around the corner.

Players to watch: V. Hedman D (G 6, A 27, PTS 33), S. Stamkos C (G 16, A 15, PTS 31), O. Palat LW (G 12, A 19, PTS 31).

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

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Blue Jackets

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus’ last 7 games.
Columbus is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Blue Jackets are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Tampa Bay.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Columbus’ last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus’ last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

Lightning

The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay’s last 13 games.
Tampa Bay is 14-5 SU in their last 19 games.
Lightning is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games when playing at home against Columbus.
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games this season.

Blue Jackets vs Lightning Betting Picks

The Lightning has stunned NHL fans, not with another display of impressive hockey, but rather with a rare losing skid. The team has set the bar high for themselves, but it has also proven that they can thrive under pressure. Thus, breaking the spell on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets will just be a cakewalk for the No. 1 team in the Central Division. Back them up in the top betting markets for high probability returns. The home team will not disappoint as they are about to serve a clinic against their visitors, who will absorb its fifth loss in a row.

Score Prediction: Blue Jackets 1, Lightning 4.