Blue Jackets vs. Lightning Game 4 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 16, 2020

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning, 2020

Andrei Vasilevskiy had to make just 16 saves in Game 3, with the Blue Jackets totaling seven shots in the second and thirds periods combined. That will have to change if the CBJ hope to tie this series.

Tampa Bay
43-21-5-1
AT
August 17, 2020, 3:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Columbus
33-22-11-4
Puckline -1.5 +160
Moneyline -171
Over / Under o +5

51%

Betting Action

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Puckline +1.5 -192
Moneyline +143
Over / Under u +5

51%

Betting Action

49%

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Monday. It’s the first of four games on the day, with a puck drop of 3 p.m. ET from Toronto. The Bolts are favoured on the NHL odds.

Lightning vs. Blue Jackets NHL Stanley Cup Odds

We predicted a 3-2 Lightning win in Game 3 and that’s what happened. Columbus is the home team again here at the neutral site, meaning it has the last line change. On the series line, Tampa Bay is now -509 and the Blue Jackets +355. That it finishes in five games is a +137 favourite.

The Lightning have yet to lose back-to-back games in the restart and were most recently up 2-1 in a playoff series in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals, losing in seven to Washington. Columbus led its qualifying round series 2-1 over Toronto and won in five.

The favourite is 17-8 in the previous 25 meetings.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy had to make just 16 saves in Game 3, with the Blue Jackets totaling seven shots in the second and thirds periods combined. Alex Killorn (second of restart), Brayden Point (fourth) and Victor Hedman (first) had the Lightning goals. Point has been easily the team’s best player of late and is the first player in franchise history to record a point in each of his team’s first six games of a postseason. Point has seven total points. The last player to reach seven in a row on any team was the Kings’ Anze Kopitar with 10 in 2014.

Tampa Bay still has yet to have second-leading scorer Steven Stamkos in the restart due to an undisclosed injury. He remains out “indefinitely.” The Lightning are 22-8 in their past 30 following a win.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus coach John Tortorella said fatigue may be starting to be a factor for his club after that five-game qualifying round series vs. Toronto plus that epic five-OT Game 1 vs. Tampa. He was the Lightning’s coach when they won their only Stanley Cup in 2004. They didn’t get a chance to repeat because the 2004-05 season was wiped out due to the lockout.

Riley Nash (first of restart) and Eric Robinson (first) had the Blue Jackets’ goals in Game 3. In each of the previous six playoff games vs. Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets had scored a power-play goal but didn’t Saturday.

Top forward Cam Atkinson didn’t play for undisclosed reasons for a second game in a row. The Blue Jackets are 5-11 in their past 16 as underdogs.

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