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Columbus Blue Jackets host Tampa Bay Lightning in hockey action

Tampa Bay LightningColumbus Blue Jackets
Dec 17, 7:00 PM | Nationwide Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

13-16-2TEAM RECORD9-18-4

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Tampa Bay Lightning invade Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

The Lightning will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 13-16-2 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 9-18-4. Tampa Bay is 19-11-1 against the total, while Columbus is 15-15-1 versus the number.

View Tampa Bay vs Columbus Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Lightning were listed as +-120 underdogs on the hockey moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Blue Jackets sit at No. 27 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Lightning sit at a No. 25 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus' No. 27-ranked offense (2.4 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.4 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 12.8% rate while the Lightning have a 81.2% rate on the penalty kill.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Flames on December 15. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Kings at -120 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Calgary are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Columbus Blue Jackets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Los Angeles are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Lightning at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Columbus' last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus' last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Columbus' last 16 games at home
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at San Jose, Wednesday, December 21
Columbus at St. Louis, Sunday, December 18

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