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Columbus Blue Jackets Home to Lightning in NHL Betting Odds Action

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

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Columbus sat as 120 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.1-2.2 win for the Lightning on Sunday. 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

28-32-8 Columbus battles the Lightning, currently with a 39-24-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 34-31-3 for the Blue Jackets and 27-34-7 for the Lightning. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Columbus Blue Jackets sit at No. 18 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at a No. 21 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Columbus Blue Jackets No. 18-ranked offense (2.65 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 18.14% rate while the Lightning have a 82.93% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lightning were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at +158 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

Columbus was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Penguins. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games
  • Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games at home
  • Columbus is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Toronto, Tuesday, March 15th
Columbus home to Detroit, Thursday, March 17th