Blue Jackets at Lightning 1/8/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/08/2019 at 9:05 AM ET

The Blue Jackets fans are starting to have some doubts on how good the Blue Jackets really are on the season. The Blue Jackets looked really good just a few weeks ago, but in the last game the Blue Jackets had to take the Florida Panthers to overtime before they were finally able to end the game. What else is problematic in this game is the Blue Jackets have had some road struggles on the year and now they are facing one of the best offenses in the nation.

The Blue Jackets have been able to score a total of 3.29 goals a game. The defense of the Blue Jackets has given up 3.05 goals a game. The Blue Jackets power play conversion is horrible at 12.9%, but the Blue Jackets defense has killed off 80.4%. Tampa Bay looks like they are already in full on playoff mode. The Lightning are starting to run away with the Atlantic Division and they are actually looking like a team that would be able to take down the Capitals on the year. What else is going to help the Lightning out in this game is they are playing at home and that is going to help the Lightning out quite a bit in this game as the Jackets are not a good road team.

The Lightning on the year have been able to score a total of 4.12 goals a game. The defense of the Lightning is giving up 2.95 goals a game. The Lightning power play has converted at 30.1%, but the penalty kill for the Lightning is sitting at 82.5%.

The Lightning have the top rated offense and the Blue Jackets defense is improving, but it has not reached the level it should be for them on the year so far. Look for the Lightning to take advantage of the Blue Jackets defense that is struggling and put up some big numbers here. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning win 5-2.

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