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Blue Jackets-Lightning Betting Preview: Can Bobrovsky Be the Difference?

Jan 08, 2019 5:06 PM EST
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Aaron Doster, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Sergei Bobrovsky, Seth Jones

Betting odds: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Blue Jackets moneyline: +158
  • Lightning moneyline: -182
  • Over/Under: 6.5
  • Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. ET

NHL record: 31-33, +9.32


>> All odds as of 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and track your bets


The Tampa Bay Lightning are atop the NHL table with a 32-8-2 record and +52 goal differential. The Bolts are special, so it’s no wonder that they are sizable favorites against a strong opponent on Tuesday night.

Even though their dynamic offense gets most of the love, it is Tampa’s defense that makes them such a juggernaut.

The Bolts rank among the top teams in the league in expected goals against per 60, high-danger chances against per 60 and expected save percentage.  This also doesn’t mention that Tampa has a terrific goalie and is about as well-coached as any team in the NHL.

Columbus isn’t in the same class as Tampa Bay, but the Blue Jackets are a deep team with one of the league’s best goaltenders.

While Sergei Bobrovsky stumbled out of the gates this season, he started to regain his form heading into the holiday break. The man they call Bob has posted a .930 save percentage at 5v5 (score/venue adjusted) over his last nine games for the Jackets.

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