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The Columbus Blue Jackets are hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. Our guy JT Miller is here with his preview and prediction with an extra bonus play attached.
ANALYSIS

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction: Expect Goals in Columbus

Well, we got burned on this spot the other night but the stars have aligned once again giving us another shot here and I am taking it. We fell just one goal short as Tampa Bay dominated in a 4-1 win but that was on home Ice and this one is not.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction

As I said in my previous article, the Bolts are exactly where they need to be and have built up some truly phenomenal momentum here as they skate their way toward their potential third consecutive Stanley Cup. They have buried the biscuit 38 times in their last six games for a 6.33 GF/G average; that is domination.

Columbus should once again not be able to do much here to slow them down but it is their final game on home ice this season, so I do not think they roll over here whatsoever. They are sporting a 3.57 GAA since the break and are well above three on the season at home.

You all are well aware of the first period over and GIFT trends (top team in both categories) for Columbus and I would be shocked if they don’t give us one more show here this evening. Look for Tampa to keep lighting the lamp and for Columbus to contribute a few with Elliot in net again.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets Pick

NHL Bonus Play

This is my shot play tonight and I am not on it for anything crazy so I will keep this short and sweet; I assumed Carolina would begin resting guys here with just a few days till the playoffs so I hit New Jersey at +275 this morning and it has steamed down. I love Carolina and the way they play hockey as you all know but they do not need to win any more games and are sitting a handful of their top line guys. Carolina is on an awesome win streak and New Jersey is on the opposite having dropped four consecutive games. With just two games left in their season, I think the boys play some hockey tonight against a squad they can beat and have before. Look for them to keep it close if not take it outright.

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Born and raised in St. Louis, JT is a young gun in the industry but has already established himself as one of the sharpest. Some refer to him as the "King of the Ice" as a result of his dominance in the NHL, which has been his claim to fame. However, he also excels in other markets including the NFL, MLB, and NCAAF. You can follow JT on Twitter at @RickyBobbyBets.

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