Columbus vs. Tampa Bay Prediction, Preview, and Odds


This would be the second Stanley Cup win in franchise history for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who also became the first team to win the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season since the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. Tampa has had strong regular seasons in the past, including just a year ago with numerous same pieces.

A team full of skill and talent up and down the lineup that secured 62 wins in the regular season. Scoring in the win was Nick Foligno, which was his 18th of the year, David Savard, which was his 9th, Josh Anderson, which was his 28th, and Seth Jones, whose 10th of the year was the game-winner with 5:55 left in regulation.

Grabbing the win was Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 26 of the 29 shots that he faced in the game.

"We got a 3-0 lead at home in the playoffs, that should be done and over with".

It will be a tall order for the Blue Jackets in this one. - Tortorella before the game on the unpredictability of playoff hockey.

Dubinsky's double-minor for high-sticking Paquette at 9:23 had the Blue Jackets playing defensively on the penalty kill, but Anderson tied it with a short-handed goal at 11:54, setting the stage for Jones' victor.

The Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded from a dismal start to stun the team that had the NHL's best regular-season record. The Penguins come in as one of the top offensive teams in the league going up against the Islanders, who allowed the fewest goals on the season. Only missed maybe a shift at the end of the period and played the rest of the game.

The Lightning, who won the Presidents' Trophy and tied an National Hockey League single-season record with 62 wins, led 3-0 after one period on goals by Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde.

We knew that the team finishing in eighth would have to play Tampa Bay in the first round, and we all knew that they would get destroyed. We shall see. Scoring in the loss was Alex Killorn, which was his 19th of the year, Anthony Cirelli, which was his 20th, and Yanni Gourde, which was his 23rd.

"I actually thought our biggest foe last night was us", Cooper said Thursday. "We've been doing the same thing for years; nothing changes".

Vegas struggled to generate much of anything, putting just 10 shots on goal in the first two periods before applying more pressure in the third when it was too late to help.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues the victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference opening-round playoff series. Going down 0-2 and heading to Columbus would put the Lightning on serious alert of losing this series. In his career, he has gone 15-12 with a 2.73 GAA in the postseason. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing four goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. During the regular season, the Lightning ranked 1st in power play conversions at 28.2% and 1st in penalty kill at 85.0%. I think the Canes might steal a home game win so that's why I'm going with Capitals in five. I'll take Marc-Andre Fleury over either of them without thinking twice, and that could very well be the difference in series where both teams are strong at 5v5. The Blue Jackets started the playoffs last season by winning the first two games of the first-round series with eventual Stanley Cup Washington, which won the next four games.

Stars-Predators Game 2 from Bridgestone Arena will be Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. ET on CNBC (livestream).