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

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Columbus on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Blue Jackets snipers in hockey action at Nationwide Arena.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets were listed earlier today as 111 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

A 4-2 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.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 27-8-2 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 22-14-3. Tampa Bay is 22-15 against the total, while Columbus is 19-20 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Columbus Blue Jackets rated this week at No. 19 and the Tampa Bay Lightning sitting at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Columbus Blue Jackets No. 17-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.51 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 12.07% rate while the Lightning have a 78.4% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 5-3 loser at home against the Flyers. Bettors on Philadelphia at +197 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Columbus was a 5-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Senators. They lost as -128 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
  • Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
  • Columbus is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Columbus is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Toronto, Tuesday, January 2nd
Columbus at Dallas, Tuesday, January 2nd