Game: NHL Playoffs ✅ Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Preview, Handicapping, Analysis, Stats, NHL Betting Odds & Lines, Blue Jackets vs Lightning Picks & Blue Jackets vs Lightning Predictions
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Start time: 3:00 PM EST, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
TV Channel: NBCSN
Blue Jackets vs Lightning Odds
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Over/Under 5½: – BOVADA
Columbus Blue Jackets will play against Tampa Bay Lightning in their first match from the playoffs.
Blue Jackets vs Lightning Betting Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets played against Toronto Maple Leafs as their first opponent in the playoffs. All of the matches were played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto because of the pandemic. Blue Jackets won the first one with 2:0 but two days later Maple Leafs won with 0:3 to make it 1:1. The third match between these two teams was won by Columbus after OT with 4:3. It is very interesting that Toronto lead in that clash with 3:0 after 30 minutes with goals from Cody Ceci, William Nylander, and Nicholas Robertson. However, Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in the 2nd and 3rd period, and with a goal from Seth Jones in the 3rd period, the game ended without a winner after 60 minutes. The winning goal was scored from Pierre-Luc Dubois which was his third in the match in the 1st OT.
To make the show full the fourth match was won from Toronto after OT 4:3. This time Blue Jackets lead with 3:0 but Maple Leafs scored 3 goals in the last 4 minutes in the 3rd period. The winning goal was scored by Auston Matthews. In the decisive game, this time Columbus lead with 3:0, and the game finished that way.
Tampa Bay Lightning had to play 3 games before the playoffs. They beat Washington Capitals with 3:2 and then two days later Boston Bruins with the same result. Their last game was against Philadelphia Flyers and they lost it with 1:4. All of these games Tampa Bay played at Scotiabank Arena where some matches from the playoffs will be played.
Tampa Bay Lightning is the favorite in this series. The last match between these teams was on February 11 and Lightning won it with 2:1 which was their seventh straight win against Blue Jackets. However, I will bet on Columbus in this first game because they are in a better rhythm because of their five matches so far against Toronto.