The Tampa Bay Lightning (27-20-5) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (16-24-10) on Saturday, February 10th. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on ESPN+. The Blue Jackets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lightning are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Islanders. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Lightning vs Blue Jackets
The Tampa Bay Lightning Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning have a record of 27-20-5. In the Atlantic Division, they are in fourth place, and on the road, they have gone 10-15-2 this season. Over their last ten games, the Lightning have gone 7-3, and they have lost two straight games on the road.
When favored this season, Tampa Bay has gone 19-9-1, and they have won three straight games when favored. Against Eastern Conference opponents, the Lightning have gone 12-14 this season, and they have gone 5-8 in divisional games. Over their last five games, Tampa Bay has gone 3-2, and they are 1-2 in their last three games.
On the road this season, Tampa Bay has a puck line record of just 10-17, and their average scoring margin is -.9 goals per game. So far, the Lightning have been favored in 29 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 13-16.
So far, Tampa Bay has 19 wins by multiple goals compared to just eight wins by one goal. In their last ten road games, the Lightning’s puck line record is just 3-7.
Following a 6-2 loss on the road to the Islanders, the Lightning are eager to bounce back. In the offensive department, the Lightning notched one goal during the first period and one time in the second period. Of Tampa Bay’s two goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 20 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
As the underdog, Tampa Bay suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-13-4, and they are 16-24-10 overall. In the Eastern Conference standings, Columbus is in 16th place and 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Blue Jackets have gone just 9-23 this season.
Over their last ten games, Columbus has won just three times, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five games. As the underdog this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 15-22-9, and they have been the underdog in 46 of their 50 games.
At home this season, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 13-13 and an average scoring margin of -.7 goals per game. So far, they have 19 losses by more than one goal and 15 by just one goal.
Overall, Columbus has a puck line record of 30-20, including a mark of 29-17 as the underdog. In their last ten games at home, the Blue Jackets have gone 4-6 vs. the puck line.
The Blue Jackets most recently took on the Blues and secured a win with a score of 1-0. During the initial two periods, the Blue Jackets had trouble scoring on offense, but they turned things around by notching one goal in the third period. Columbus”s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 22 shots on goal in total.
Entering the game as the underdog, Columbus came away with a victory against the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 1 goal.
Tampa Bay Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 15th in the league. This season, the Lightning are 17-11 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-8 record.
The Lightning have posted an over/under record of 24-24-4 so far this season. During last season, they participated in 40 games that did not exceed the over/under line set at 6.5. On average, their games had 6.5 goals per game.
Blue Jackets Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 23rd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 22nd in the league. The Columbus offense is ranked 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 30th in the NHL.
This season, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 25-22-3. Throughout the season, they have played 27 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.6 per game.
Tampa Bay Team Defense
Tampa Bay defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 8th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Columbus Team Defense
Defensively, the Blue Jackets come into the season ranked 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33.1 shots per game against Columbus. For the season, they are ranked 28th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Lightning vs Blue Jackets Trends
- Through their last three road games, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Although Columbus has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 4-6. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Columbus has an puck line mark of 2-1 while going 1-2 straight up.
- The Lightning have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Blue Jackets to secure a victory over the Lightning at home. With the moneyline currently set at +145, I’m locking in my bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blue Jackets winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blue Jackets straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds are provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.Action247 does not warrant the accuracy of completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these post.