The Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to finish out their season in the strongest way possible as they prepare for the upcoming playoffs. With two games left in the season, tonight they’ll be welcoming a Columbus Blue Jackets team that saw their playoff hopes drift away because of a season full of ups and downs. But now, with two games left, the real question that lies ahead of this game is which Lightning version will fans see tonight? Will it be a more calm, cool and collected Tampa Bay team who will be looking to reserve their full strength for the playoffs, or will we see a Lightning team that will be out to show what they will be bringing in the postseason?
The Tampa Bay Lightning should already be thinking about the playoffs, especially given that their most likely competitors will be the dynamic and exciting Toronto Maple Leafs in a series that will surely be one of the most offense-forward in the upcoming postseason. But for now, playing the Blue Jackets and the Islanders is what’s in store.
The Lightning will be coming into this game carrying a strong four-game winning streak, including demolishing wins over Florida by 8-4, Toronto by 8-1, Nashville by 6-2 and tonight’s opponents Columbus by 4-1 in their last game. So for Tampa the matter here is easy, they can either chill and collect themselves for what’s to come or they can go out, thrash their opponents once again and go into the postseason sporting a true championship-caliber look, one that will surely have opponents left and right wanting everything but to have to face them in such pivotal stages of the season. While a goal-filled win could be what’s in store tonight for Tampa, making sure that all of their lines play solid hockey and continue to congeal more and more as time continues to pass will be the biggest key here for the Lightning.
To say that the Columbus Blue Jackets have been through a lot this season is putting it in as light of a form as possible, but it’s true though. After going through trades, injury periods for some of their most important players and having called up young, up and coming stars that will surely shape the future of this team, the Blue Jackets are coming into this game with a mentality of salvaging what’s left of the season and moving forward with what’s to come for next season. Expecting a Blue Jackets win would be seriously taking a long shot, a very long shot, so maybe not expect it and perhaps be surprised.
Lightning vs Blue Jackets Game Information
- Date: 04/28/2022
- Time: 7:05 PM ET
- Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
- How to Watch Lightning vs Blue Jackets: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Live Stream: NHL.TV
Lightning vs Blue Jackets Betting Lines
Blue Jackets are +250 according to our NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $250. On the other side, Lightning are -300 according to the Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $71.43.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Blue Jackets at a 28.57% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Lightning have 75% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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