Lightning trying to fix power outage

Lightning trying to fix power outage

Where, oh where, has Tampa Bay’s vaunted offense gone?

The Lightning better rediscover it today vs. the Blue Jackets, or else risk sliding even closer to the outstretched paws of Boston and Florida in the Atlantic Division race.

Online sports book BetDSI still likes Tampa Bay’s odds of -155 to prevail in Ohio. But it’s becoming progressively tougher to back a squad whose putrid attack suggests few signs of vitality anytime soon.

Steven Stamkos and his cohorts have potted three goals in the last three games. Brian Boyle’s late tally in Friday’s loss to Philadelphia prevented a second straight shutout, but the Lightning mustered just 18 shots on net.

Contrast such ineffectiveness with the sky-high attitude from a week ago. Tampa Bay had won a franchise-record nine in a row, averaging 3.7 goals during the spree.

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Goalie Ben Bishop can only do so much on his end. The All-Star carries a five-game road winning streak into this afternoon’s affair. In addition, he’ stifled Columbus in both meetings this season.

Instead, the burden falls on Stamkos. Scoreless since March 3, he must loom large if the Lightning hope to reclaim the top spot in ultra-competitive Atlantic.

They’ll begin making inroads in a few short hours, but the over/under figure of 5.5 can’t be trusted. Go low, particularly given Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky’s sterling work in Friday’s return from a groin injury.

SUNDAY NHL FREE PICK: COLUMBUS/TAMPA BAY UNDER 5.5

Bet Today’s NHL Games

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

Loading...

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Bruins, Knights co-NHL favorites The NHL is on an indefinite leave right now, but the anticipated race to the Stanley Cup looks like it will be a very competitive one. Here’s the latest odds to...
Thumbnail NHL Suspends Play Due to Coronavirus While the NHL suspended play on Thursday due to the coronavirus, the league also intends on finishing its regular season at some point. Whether or not the league...
Thumbnail Senators vs. Kings Wednesday Prediction Did oddsmakers set the over/under for Wednesday night’s matchup between the Senators and Kings too high? The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Stars Tuesday Prediction The Rangers and Stars meet in Dallas on Tuesday night when the two teams meet at 8:30 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 5.5, what’s the best play for bettors...
Thumbnail Capitals vs. Sabres Monday Prediction The over/under for Monday night’s matchup between the Capitals and Sabres is sitting at a whopping 6.5 goals but does that mean the over is out of the question...

NHL Headlines