Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 26 (4/26): NHL

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 26 (4/26): NHL

Credit: photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds:

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Blue Jackets money line +280
Blue Jackets spread +1.5 (+120)
Lightning money line -360
Lightning spread -1.5 (-140)
Over / under 6.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Columbus Blue Jackets Tampa Bay Lightning
Record 36-36-7 49-22-8
Road / home record 16-21-2 26-8-6
Streak W1 W3
Goals per game 3.15 3.46
Goals allowed per game 3.62 2.76
Shots per game 30.0 30.9
Shots allowed per game 35.2 29.7
PP % 17.8% 23.3%
PK % 21.24% 18.78%
Over / under record 47-27-5 42-35-2

 

Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets hit the road and will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. This is the second time these teams face off this season, the Lightning won the last game 7-2 at Columbus. The Blue Jackets are already eliminated while Tampa Bay have already clinched the playoff berth.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are 16-23 on the road this season. They have a 36-36-7 record overall ranking 6th in the Metropolitan division. The Blue Jackets are 9-16-0 against opponents from the Metropolitan. Columbus is seventh in the Eastern Conference recording 8.5 points per game, averaging 3.2 goals and 5.4 assists.

Jakub Voracek leads the Blue Jackets with 54 total assists and has 59 points. Jack Roslovic has nine goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

In their last 10 games the Blue Jackets are 4-6, averaging 3 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay have won 4 of their last 5 games and are 26-14 at home so far this season. They have a 49-22-8 record overall ranking 3rd in the Atlantic division. The Lightning are 27-15-5 in Eastern Conference games. Tampa Bay ranks eighth in the league averaging 5.9 assists per game, led by Nikita Kucherov with 0.9.

Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with 37 goals, adding 60 assists and collecting 97 points. Kucherov has 10 goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

In their last 10 games Lightning are 6-4, averaging 4.5 goals, 7.9 assists, 5.4 penalties and 14.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.

BETTING TRENDS

Columbus are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against Tampa Bay.

Columbus are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games.

Tampa Bay are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

Prediction

The Blue Jackets have nothing to play for here as they're already eliminated. They were struggling to score before beating the Oilers 5-2 in their last game. The Lightning are coming from beating tough teams like the Maple Leafs, Predators and the Panthers so this should be an easier game for them. Tampa Bay beat Columbus 7-2 on the road. Take the Lightning.

PICK: Lightning -1.5 (-140)

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