Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 11/8/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 11/7/2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena in Columbus
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will be going for their fifth win in a row when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Columbus beat the Lightning in two of their three games against each other last season. The Blue Jackets won the first two games of the series, but Tampa Bay came away with the last win by beating Columbus 3-2 at home in March.
The Blue Jackets are currently in the bottom half of the league in both goals scored and goals against. Veteran left wing Scott Hartnell has faced the Lightning 31 times in his career and has nine goals and 19 points against them. Defenseman Jack Johnson has only faced them six times and has three assists in those games.
On Thursday night, the Lightning won their fourth straight game when they blew out the Calgary Flames 5-2 at home. Second-year center Cedric Paquette was the first star in the game by scoring two of his team's five goals.
The Lightning have been able to score 3.6 goals per game this season and they are near the top of the NHL with a 24.4 percent power play percentage. Third-year center Tyler Johnson has two goals through 13 games and he leads the Lightning with 15 points. Goalie Ben Bishop has a solid 8-1-1 record with a 2.41 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Lightning are 9-4-0 Against the Spread
Tampa Bay Lightning are 8-5-0 against the Over/Under
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends
Columbus Blue Jackets are 4-8-0 Against the Spread
Columbus Blue Jackets are 6-5-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Lightning
11/06/14 C Alex Killorn Upper Body "?" Saturday vs Columbus
11/01/14 RW Brett Connolly Lower Body out indefinitely
10/19/14 D Victor Hedman Finger expected to miss 4-6 weeks
10/06/14 D Mattias Ohlund Knee out indefinitely
Columbus Blue Jackets
11/06/14 D James Wisniewski Finger is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Carolina
11/06/14 D Ryan Murray Knee out indefinitely
11/05/14 D Jack Johnson Suspension expected to miss next 3 games; eligible to return Nov 14 vs Philadelphia
11/04/14 RW Corey Tropp Illness "?" Friday vs Carolina
11/03/14 D Cody Goloubef Knee out indefinitely
10/29/14 C Artem Anisimov Concussion out indefinitely
10/29/14 C Mark Letestu Groin expected to miss 2-4 weeks
10/28/14 GO Sergei Bobrovsky Finger out indefinitely
10/08/14 C Brandon Dubinsky Abdominal out 6 weeks
10/05/14 RW Nathan Horton Back out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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