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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Playoff Betting Picks

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The online hockey betting postseason has yet to begin but will be reined in this Wednesday. One contest worth checking out will be this Wednesday’s Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning playoff match. The Blue Jackets had a highly successful end to the season, seeing as they went 7-1 in their last 8 matchups. In the end, Columbus needed a strong finish to get the Wild Card berth. The Lightning on the other hand, was the best team in the Atlantic and didn’t have to resort to such measures. So does this mean sports betting fans should stick with Tampa Bay this Wednesday?

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Wednesday, April 10th      

When: 7:00 pm ET

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

TV: USA Network

Stream: USA Live TV, NHL TV

Online Hockey Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Blue Jackets +1½ (-135) 6½ (-105) +185
Lightning -1½ (+115) 6½ (-115) -225
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Columbus Blue Jackets          

The Blue Jackets enter this contest riding a two game winning streak after picking up wins over the Senators and Rangers to close out the year. Now Columbus is looking to kick off the series on the right note by getting this road upset come Wednesday.  But seeing as how Columbus is 3-6-1 in their last 10 meetings against Tampa Bay, it’s not looking bright for the Blue Jackets here. Looking over their regular season numbers, its abundantly clear that Columbus is at a substantial disadvantage. This is because they ranked 12th in the league in scoring and 11th in defense. While those numbers are respectable, they don’t compare to the numbers Tampa Bay brings to the table. After all, the Lightning wielded the best offense in the league and the 7th best defense as well.

Players to Watch: Artemi Panarin (28 G, 59 A, 87 PTS.), Cam Atkinson (41 G, 28 A, 69 PTS.), and Pierre-Luc Dubois (27 G, 34 A, 61 PTS.).

Tampa Bay Lightning    

The Lightning were one of the best teams in the league during the regular season. Now that postseason play has begun, Tampa Bay is eager to prove that they are in fact the best team in the NHL. As aforementioned, they finished the regular season with the best scoring offense and the 7th best defense. But will that be enough to win the Stanley Cup? While it’s too early to tell, it’s clear that those numbers should be enough to favor them over Columbus. At least that’s how the online hockey betting odds feel at the present time.

Players to Watch: Nikita Kucherov (41 G, 87 A, 128 PTS.), Steven Stamkos (45 G, 53 A, 98 PTS.), and Brayden Point (41 G, 51 A, 92 PTS.).

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
  • Columbus is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
  • Columbus is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games when playing Columbus
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Columbus

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup? All things considered, Tampa Bay is the only way to bet here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 4-1 Tampa Bay.