Lightning vs. Blue Jackets Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 4/28/2022
The Tampa Bay Lightning (50-22-8) visit the Columbus Blue Jackets (36-37-7) on Thursday, April 28, with the Lightning coming off a victory and the Blue Jackets a loss. The Blue Jackets are heavy underdogs despite being the hosts, at +227, and the Lightning are -284. Find more below on the Lightning vs. Blue Jackets betting line, injury report, head-to-head stats, best bets and more.
Lightning vs. Blue Jackets Spread and Betting Line
Lightning vs Blue Jackets Betting Information
Lightning vs. Blue Jackets Game Info
- Game Day: Thursday, April 28, 2022
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- Location: Columbus, Ohio
- Arena: Nationwide Arena
Computer Predictions for Lightning vs. Blue Jackets
Computer picks for Lightning vs Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets (+1.5)
Lightning 4 Blue Jackets 3
Lightning vs. Blue Jackets Betting Trends
Tampa Bay has won 47 of the 69 games it’s played as the moneyline favorite this season.
In 15 games with shorter than -284 moneyline odds this season, the Lightning have won 13.
There is a 74.0% chance that Tampa Bay wins this game, per the moneyline.
Tampa Bay Lightning Leaders
Steven Stamkos has been a major player for Tampa Bay this season, with 101 points in 79 games.
Victor Hedman is contributing with 83 points (20 goals, 63 assists).
Nikita Kucherov’s season total of 66 points has come from 24 goals and 42 assists.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (38-18-5) has a goals against average of 2.5 on the season, and 1679 saves. His .917 save percentage is 10th-best in the league.
Tampa Bay Lightning Season Stats
The Lightning offense’s 277 total goals (3.5 per game) are ranked eighth in the league this year.
The Lightning have given up the fifth-fewest goals in NHL play this season, 219 (2.7 per game).
The team has the league’s sixth-best goal differential at +58 this season.
The Lightning’s 60 power-play goals this season are sixth-best in the NHL (on 252 power-play chances).
The Lightning have the league’s eighth-best power-play conversion rate at 23.8%.
The Lightning have scored a total of seven shorthanded goals this season.
The Lightning’s 81.9% penalty-kill success rate is currently ninth-best in the league.
With a 50.3% faceoff win percentage, the Lightning have the 14th-ranked percentage in the NHL.
The Lightning shoot 11.2% as a team, ranked third-best in the league.
The Lightning have yet to shut out an opponent this season, averaging 26.2 hits and 12.8 blocked shots per game.
Blue Jackets vs. Lightning Betting Trends
The Blue Jackets have claimed an upset victory in 24, or 36.4%, of the 66 games they have played while the underdog this season.
Columbus is 2-8 when it is the underdog by +227 or longer on the moneyline.
The Blue Jackets have a 30.6% chance to win this game (implied from the moneyline).
Columbus Blue Jackets Leaders
Jakub Voracek is a top offensive contributor for his squad with 59 points (0.8 per game). He has recorded five goals and 54 assists in 77 games (playing 17:26 per game).
Patrik Laine is crucial for Columbus’ attack with 56 total points (1.0 per game), including 26 goals and 30 assists through 56 games.
Columbus’ Oliver Bjorkstrand has 54 points (26 goals, 28 assists) this season.
Elvis Merzlikins has a .906 save percentage (30th in the league), with 1677 total saves, while giving up 174 goals (3.3 goals against average). He has compiled a 26-22-7 record between the posts for Columbus this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets Season Stats
The Blue Jackets have the NHL’s 14th-ranked scoring offense (250 total goals, 3.1 per game).
The Blue Jackets’ 290 total goals allowed (3.6 per game) rank 28th in the league.
Their -40 goal differential ranks 23rd in the league.
The Blue Jackets have put up 38 power-play goals this season (on 211 power-play chances). That ranks 25th in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets’ power-play conversion rate (18.0%) ranks 25th in the league.
The Blue Jackets have recorded seven shorthanded goals.
The 78.9% of opponent power plays the Blue Jackets kill is the 19th-ranked penalty-kill percentage in the league.
The Blue Jackets win 48.5% of their faceoffs. That’s the 21st-ranked percentage in the NHL.
The 10.4% shooting percentage the Blue Jackets have compiled ranks 10th in the league.
The Blue Jackets have not had a shutout win yet this season.
Lightning and Blue Jackets Injury Report
Lightning: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Day To Day (Lower Body)
Blue Jackets: Nathan Gerbe: Out (Hip), Zach Werenski: Day To Day (Upper-body), Boone Jenner: Out (Lower Back), Joonas Korpisalo: Out For Season (Hip), Daniil Tarasov: Out For Season (Hip), Patrik Laine: Day To Day (Upper-body), Alexandre Texier: Out (Finger)
Betting Tips for Lightning vs. Blue Jackets
After taking a look at all of the key trends and stats for this matchup, our best bet is Lightning on the moneyline at -284 and Blue Jackets (+1.5) against the spread. Our computer picks see the scoring going over the total of 6.5 goals.
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