Don’t look now, but the Blue Jackets are on the verge of completing something nobody thought they could, or have predicted; a four-game sweep of the Lightning. It’s game four from Columbus Wednesday night, and the Lightning must do everything they can to send the series back to Tampa.
Lightning vs Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
The Lightning swept the three game regular season series over the Blue Jackets in convincing fashion, outscoring them 17-3 in the trio of games. But that doesn’t seem to be concerning to the Blue Jackets who have a commanding lead in the series.
At Sports Interaction, the Blue Jackets are now the heavy favourites to win the series at -714, while the Lightning come in at +390 to comeback to win the series.
Of note, the Lightning are now 6-2 in their last eight games in Ohio.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Only four teams in NHL history have overcome an 0-3 deficit to advance, most recently the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 – who came back to upend the San Jose Sharks on their way to winning the Stanley Cup. That was then, this is now.
The good news, Art Ross trophy winner Nikita Kucherov returns to the Lightning lineup after serving a one-game suspension in game three. Kucherov has yet to record a point in this series. Joining him in the zero point club is; Steven Stamkos, Brayden Pointe, Ryan McDonagh and Victor Hedman, who although not confirmed, seems to be playing with an injury.
The Lightning are 0-for-5 with the man-advantage in this series.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed 11 goals in this series, and has a dismal save percentage of .866.
Columbus Blue Jackets
This is what dreams are made of; the Blue Jackets are knocking on the door of one of the greatest NHL playoff upsets in the history of the game. 30 points separated the two teams during the regular season, and now they are one in away from eliminating the mighty Lightning.
In what could be his last year in Columbus, Sergei Bobrovsky is getting better as the series advances. In his last eight periods, he’s stopped 69 of 71 shots for an earth shattering .972 save percentage.
The Jackets power-play has been dynomite scoring at a 50 percent pace (4-for-8) in this series.
Of note, Markus Nutivaara didn’t participate in the Jackets’ morning skate Sunday and missed the game with an upper-body injury despite taking part in the pregame warmup.