Last year the Blue Jackets stunned gamblers with one of the biggest upsets in playoff history. Eight seed Columbus were huge underdogs with the NHL betting odds to top seed Tampa Bay. In fact, the Lightning were Presidents Trophy champions as best regular-season team. By far. Somehow, the Blue Jackets won in a shocking four-game series sweep. For Tampa Bay it was unforgettable and complete humiliation, Specifically, there is only one way for the Lightning to balance the books. That would be to win a rematch with the Blue Jackets.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Game 3
|Date and Time:||Saturday, August 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario|
|Lightning vs. Blue Jackets TV Coverage:||NBCSN|
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Lightning vs. Blue Jackets SBG Odds Overview
Following their qualifying round win over the Maple Leafs, Columbus commands attention. Bettors recall last year’s epic result between C-Bus and Tampa Bay. Counter to that is a loaded Lightning team with its superior record, depth, and skill. Many handicappers don’t see sportsbook Lightning striking twice. Betting action still favors the Bolts. Oddsmakers understand the Jackets’ limited Public appeal.
Columbus Blue Jackets Team Overview
Naturally, Columbus showed its reputable character and structure in beating Toronto. Columbus posted a regular-season record of 33-22-15. NHL metrics have the Blue Jackets 27th for goals, 27th for power play, fourth for goals against, and 12th for penalty killing.
Key Columbus Blue Jackets: RW Cam Atkinson 2 G, 3 A, 5 PTS, 4 +/-, 0 PPG, 0 PPA, 0 SHG, 15.4 SPCT, D David Savard 0 G, 3 A, 3 PTS, 4 +/-, 0 PPG, 0 PPA, 0 SHG, 0.0 SPCT, G Joonas Korpisalo 2-1 1.45 GAA, .956 SVPCT, 2 SO
Tampa Bay Lightning Team Overview
Tampa Bay won two out of their three-round robins to gain second seed. In sum, the Lightning regular-season record was 43-21-6. Tampa Bay ranks first for goals, fifth for power play, eighth for goals against, 14th for penalty killing.
Key Tampa Bay Lightning: C Tyler Johnson 2 G, 1 A, 3 PTS, -1 +/-, 1 PPG, 1 PPA, 0 SHG, 40.0 SPCT, D Ryan McDonagh 0 G, 1 A, 1 PTS, 0 +/-, 0 PPG, 0 PPA, 0 SHG, 0.00 PCT, G Andrei Vasilevskiy 2.29 GAA, .921 SVPCT, 0 SO
Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning Against the Spread
The Blue Jackets are:
- 5-2 in their last seven games as an underdog
- 2-6 under the total when plus money
- 4-1 in their last five games as a dog to the Lightning
- 2-5 under the total as underdogs vs. Tampa Bay
The Lightning, are:
- 3-7 in their last 10 games as a favorite
- 1-4 under the total as chalk
- 7-4 in their last 11 overall games with the Blue Jackets
- 3-6 under the total head to head with Columbus
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets SBG Free Pick
Certainly, Columbus must be respected for their tenacity. But the fact remains they lack Tampa Bay’s depth and firepower. It’s been a year for the Lightning to grind over their upset loss to the Blue Jackets. The Lightning will use last year’s loss with the NHL lines as motivational fuel.
Lightning vs. Blue Jackets SBG Best Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning