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Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Lines and Trends

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Tampa Bay Lightning arrive at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets were listed earlier today as -126 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.5-2.4 result in favor of the Blue Jackets. 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 Columbus Blue Jackets are 5-1-0 so far on the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are 5-1-1. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Columbus go 3-3 and the Lightning go 5-2 on the totals. 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. 27 and the Tampa Bay Lightning sitting at No. 6.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Columbus's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 3.5 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 20 at 3.29 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 6.25% while the Lightning defense kills off 80% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Devils. Bettors on New Jersey at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Columbus was a 5-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Jets. They won as +102 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Columbus is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 9 games
  • Columbus is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, October 21st
Columbus home to Los Angeles, Saturday, October 21st