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NHL Betting Odds and Prediction - Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to grab a road win when they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena on Saturday in NHL betting odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -195 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

A 3.2-2 result in favor of the Lightning is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Lightning sit at 17-15-3 on the season; in comparison, the Columbus Blue Jackets are currently 13-20-3. Looking to wager on the totals? Tampa Bay is 11-19-5 OU, and Columbus is 15-18-3 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Columbus injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 14-rated Tampa Bay Lightning and the No. 28-ranked Columbus Blue Jackets, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 23-ranked offense (2.49 goals per game) against a Columbus Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.11 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16.81% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 80.99% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Columbus lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Penguins on December 21. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 2-1 loser at home against the Canucks. Bettors on Vancouver at +161 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games on the road
  • Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Columbus
  • Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Columbus

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus at Florida, Sunday, December 27th
Tampa Bay home to Montreal, Monday, December 28th