Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks, Prediction

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
28-8-4 January 13, 8:00 PM | Amalie Arena 20-19-4
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, January 13, 2017
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA, FSN Ohio (Columbus), FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)
Team /  Live in game Betting at gtbets-sportsbook Spread MoneyLine Total
 Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5 +220 -120  5.5 -105
Tampa Bay Lightning +1.5 -250 +110  5.5 -115
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Amalie Arena.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (28-8-4): Leading scorer Cam Atkinson reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth consecutive season, joining Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The league’s leading power play (25.8 percent) has contributed to the recent slide by converting just once in 14 opportunities over the last four contests. Brandon Saad is second on the team with 15 goals and needs two for 100 in his career while Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg have notched 35 points apiece – five behind Atkinson for the club lead.

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (20-19-4): Ondrej Palat registered a pair of goals and an assist in the victory on Thursday after going three games without a point, while leading scorer Nikita Kucherov (40 points) also tallied. In addition to Bishop, Tampa Bay welcomed back Brian Boyle (four games) and defenseman Brayden Coburn (two) to the lineup Thursday. Blue-liner Victor Hedman notched an assist against Buffalo, pushing his total to seven in the last six games, and Jonathan Drouin has collected 20 points in his last 18 contests.

gtbets-sportsbook currently has the Blue Jackets listed as 120-moneyline favorites versus the Lightning, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5  

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-2 winner at home against the Sabres. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -162 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Columbus lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Hurricanes on January 10. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at -126 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hit a bump in the road since their historic 16-game winning streak and look to turn things around Friday, when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets fell to 1-3-0 since the run after Tuesday’s 5-3 loss at Carolina but will try for a three-game sweep against the desperate Lightning, who will retire the No. 26 of Martin St. Louis in a ceremony before the contest.

Columbus hopes to have Sergei Bobrovsky (26-6-2, .931 save percentage) back in net after the All-Star missed the last game due to illness, but it must clean up some other issues as well. “I think we need a ‘reset’ as far as some of the grind of the game,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch. “You score some goals, you have a little scrutiny as far as winning, and you forget about the nuts and bolts.” Tampa Bay was able to snap a four-game losing streak Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Buffalo as Ben Bishop returned to the lineup and turned aside 24 shots. The Lightning recorded a pair of power-play goals for the third time in their last six games and are 8-for-25 with the man advantage in that span.

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Columbus:
Team record: 28-8-4 SU

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 20-19-4 SU

Next up:
Columbus at Florida Saturday, January 14
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles Monday, January 16

KEY NOTES

1. St. Louis is Tampa Bay’s all-time leading scorer with 953 points in 972 games, winning the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tortorella as the team’s coach.

2. The Blue Jackets have been outscored 7-0 in the third period over their last four contests, posting their only win in that stretch in overtime.

3. Tampa Bay C Vladislav Namestnikov has registered three points and a plus-4 rating over his last three contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksColumbus Blue Jackets will win outright at -120 and the game will go under 5.5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Lightning 2 at gtbets-sportsbook

SMART CHART
CLB TEAM TB
3.38 GOALS 2.77
2.25 GA 3.00
25.83 PP% 15.77
82.30 PK% 80.00
30.13 SHOTS OFF 29.26
29.73 SHOTS DEF 30.33
1.13 GOAL DIFF -0.23
INJURIES
COLUMBUS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
TAMPA BAY
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
COLUMBUS
Columbus is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
Columbus is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Columbus’s last 24 games when playing Tampa Bay
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Columbus is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Columbus’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
TAMPA BAY
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Tampa Bay’s last 24 games when playing Columbus
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 games when playing at home against Columbus
Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Columbus
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Blue Jackets Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 3.4 3 3.0 23
Blue Jackets Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 2.7 17 3.0 23
Blue Jackets Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 3.4 3 2.5 4
Blue Jackets Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 2.7 17 2.5 4
Blue Jackets Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.4 24 3.0 27
Blue Jackets Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.9 5 3.0 27
Blue Jackets Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.4 24 2.4 8
Blue Jackets Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.9 5 2.4 8
Blue Jackets Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 20.7 11 85.4 5
Blue Jackets Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 18.8 15 85.4 5
Blue Jackets Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 20.7 11 82.4 18
Blue Jackets Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 18.8 15 82.4 18
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Blue Jackets Overall Defense 2.8 10 3.1 29
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Blue Jackets Overall Defense 2.8 10 2.3 3
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Blue Jackets Overall Defense 2.8 13 3.1 29
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Blue Jackets Overall Defense 2.8 13 2.3 3
Lightning Home Scoring vs Blue Jackets Road Defense 2.9 10 3.0 22
Lightning Home Scoring vs Blue Jackets Road Defense 2.9 10 2.4 2
Lightning Home Scoring vs Blue Jackets Road Defense 3.1 10 3.0 22
Lightning Home Scoring vs Blue Jackets Road Defense 3.1 10 2.4 2
Lightning Home PP vs Blue Jackets Road PK 25.9 4 81.7 14
Lightning Home PP vs Blue Jackets Road PK 25.9 4 79.7 19
Lightning Home PP vs Blue Jackets Road PK 20.7 10 81.7 14
Lightning Home PP vs Blue Jackets Road PK 20.7 10 79.7 19
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
COLUMBUS
Columbus is third highest scoring team in the league at 3.4 goals per game.
Columbus is third best in the league in power play goals with 0.8 per game.
Columbus leads the league on the power play at 25.8%.
Columbus has allowed the third fewest goals in the league at 2.3 per game.
TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay leads the league in power play chances with 3.7 per game.
Tampa Bay leads the league in power play goals with 0.9 per game.
Tampa Bay is second on the power play in the league at 23.8%.

 

 

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