Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 25, 2021

Columbus will have their hands full on Sunday. The last placed team in the Central Division has lost eight straight games and will face the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Columbus
18-26-9-3
AT
April 25, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
36-17-1-2
Puckline +1.5 +105
Moneyline +266
Over / Under o +5.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

Puckline -1.5 -126
Moneyline -323
Over / Under u +5.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in Tampa Bay to face the Lightning for the eighth and final time this season.  Tampa has a 4-3 edge in the season series and they’ll look for a sweep of this current two-game set, after downing the Blue Jackets 3-1 on Thursday.

The Lightning are -278 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Blue Jackets vs. Lightning Betting Analysis

Columbus has completely fallen out of the playoff picture as they sit last in the Central Division and have lost eight straight games.  They’re 22-27 against the spread on the season and they’ve failed to cover in seven of their last 10 games.  They’ve been a mess defensively, leading seven of their last nine games to go Over the total.

Tampa Bay’s season has been on the opposite trajectory as the Blue Jackets’, but it’s worth noting the Lightning’s record over their last 10 games has been an average 5-5.  Tampa’s been a better cover option at home, going 13-11 ATS at Amalie Arena, compared to 8-15 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in four of their last five games.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus’ troubles go beyond their eight-game losing streak.  They’ve dropped 15 of their last 17 contests and sit 15 points back of the Central Division’s final playoff spot.  It’s pretty easy to see why the Blue Jackets have lost so many games.  They’ve given up the most even-strength goals in the league and they rank near the bottom of the NHL in almost all major offensive and defensive categories.  Patrik Laine and Max Domi could be singled out as the most disappointing players on the roster.  Both players have failed to live up to expectations after being acquired in sizeable trades within the last year.  Laine was swapped for Pierre-Luc Dubois in January, while Domi was swapped for Josh Anderson in the off-season.  Laine has 18 points (10G, 8A) in 39 games, while Domi has 19 points (7G, 12A) in 47 games.  Both players have found themselves as healthy scratches for multiple games this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa has alternated wins and losses over their last six games, but they’re still the much stronger team in this game.  They’re top-10 in the league in most offensive and defensive categories, including fifth in goals-for (3.32 per game), fifth in power play percentage (24.7) and seventh in goals-against (2.60).  Production has come throughout the lineup as nine different players have recorded at least 20 points.  Norris favourite Victor Hedman leads the team in points and is the second highest scoring defenceman in the league with 42 points (8G, 34A) in 47 games.  Brayden Point has put up a team-best 20 goals.  Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is the clear front-runner for the Vezina this year.  Vasilevskiy is 27-8-1 this season and has the best save percentage (.930) among goalies who have played at least 10 games and the fourth-best goals-against average (2.08).

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