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NHL Betting Preview - Columbus Blue Jackets Underdogs vs Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay

Columbus Blue Jackets


Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, December 06, 2014 7:00 PM ET
St. Pete Times Forum

Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts an NHL battle on the odds menu between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -250 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

Computer Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.2-1.5 victory for the Lightning. 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 Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Tampa Bay Lightning are 18-6-3 overall while the Columbus Blue Jackets are 8-15-2. As for the totals, Tampa Bay is 16-11 on the OU, and Columbus is 13-11-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Columbus injuries news.

The Blue Jackets - Lightning odds would favor the Lightning if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 3 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Columbus is at No. 27.

How Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Stats Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.59 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.48 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 23.16% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 75.82% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +129 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Lightning were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -365 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds Trends

Columbus is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games
Columbus is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Columbus's last 24 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Tampa Bay's last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 9th
Tampa Bay home to Washington, Tuesday, December 9th