Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning / NHL – Columbus morale is high after away victory in Chicago in the previous round but now will face the best team in the league and their job will be far more difficult. The Lightning is undefeated in last five rounds and atmosphere in the locker room is excellent before this away game. They played three previous games at home and now have a bit more difficult task against good Columbus.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning begins 19.02.2019 at 01:30 CET
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus faced two times this year and both times it suffered heavy defeats. Tampa Bay Lightning won at the beginning of season by 8-2, while their second head-to-head ended as the Lightning’s victory of 4-0. The Blue Jackets played both those games outside their arena and now will try to do better in front of their fans. That is not going to be an easy task as their opponents occupy the first place in the standings and have even 16 points more than 2nd-placed New York Islanders.
Still, regardless of excellent results made at the beginning of season the Lightning is not invincible, which was seen at several away games played in last month when they suffered several sound defeats. Columbus players have chance to win if they play up to the task. They are in good shape as they won five out of six previous games. What can be a problem is weak performance at home where they lost four out of five previous games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
After several unexpected away defeats the Lightning have pulled themselves together and won three last games. Obviously, players relaxed a bit after creating great advantage over their competitors and that is most probable cause of somewhat weaker results made on tour. Still, three previous wins are proof that Tampa Bay Lightening players are back on the right track and we are certain that will take seriously the coming game.
Given their huge point advantage compared to teams positioned right below them we can say that have already secured the first place in the Conference. Still, we don’t believe the Lightning will relax too soon or too much and we are of opinion that will play maximally seriously all the way till the end of regular season. The Lightning have shown the most so far out of all teams and if they continue with this results in the play-off they are going to be the main favourites to win the Stanley Cup. They have good score with Columbus as they won five previous head-to-head.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning PICK
Both teams are in good shape and consequently we expect to see an interesting game. Columbus has chance to revenge to the Lightning for two sounds defeats suffered earlier this season, but if they play like they did in several previous home game we don’t believe they can win. Tampa Bay is again in good shape and that is the main reason why we would give advantage to the visiting team.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning wins
Odds: 1.77 at Bethard (down to 1.72 can be played)
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