Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 4/12/19, Prediction & Odds

2019 NHL playoff preview Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

Brind'Amour said he didn't like the way Svechnikov played in the first two periods, but he wasn't the only Hurricanes player to struggle against the defending Stanley Cup champions. "Sometimes, you can get away with that in the regular season, but playoff hockey, teams aren't going to quit".

As a team who had outscored the Blue Jackets 17-3 and swept all 3 games of the regular season, the outcome was certainly not how the Bolts wanted the playoff series to begin.

If you've been paying attention to the Hurricanes and/or Capitals for the past few seasons you knew there was a good chance this would happen.

You're Nikita Kucherov. You're Steven Stamkos.

On the winning goal, Barzal brought the puck into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 break, faked in front to draw Murray out and sent a backhand shot that bounced off the left post, but Bailey was there to knock it in.

It isn't fair. Yeah, why them, why does it have to be on them? Binnington went 15-11 while recording a.929 Save Percentage in the playoffs, finishing the playoffs with the best Save Percentage among all netminders in the postseason. The Bruins have the second best PPP in the playoffs at 25.9 percent but the Leafs have some serious goal scorers. Point has been a revelation since he joined the Lightning. Be first in line to compete from the pond to the pros, unlocking the full game three days early on September 11, 2018 when you pre-order the NHL19 Legends Edition and NHL19 Ultimate Edition!

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And the pressure that comes with it. It was the first time this Lightning team lost a game after being ahead by three goals. Tampa Bay had swept Columbus 3-0 in regular season games and it seemed as if they were about to do the same exact thing in Wednesday nights game. They may not get the attention like Winnipeg's Patrik Laine or Toronto's Auston Matthews, but Heiskanen and Svechnikov turned in two of the more impressive playoff performances in recent history for players before their 20th birthdays. Svechnikov demonstrated in Game 1 that he is talented enough, and maybe young and naïve enough, to do it. I'm just here to make my picks for the first round. For starters, they need Braden Holtby to be better in the playoffs.

Over/under: The total sits at just 5.5 following Game 1's three-goal chess match. The Blues find themselves in the playoffs after being in last place on January 2 while the Jets have been in and out of first place in the Central all season.

Home ice advantage continued to play a major role for the Vegas Golden Knights as they did not drop a game at T-Mobile Arena for the first two rounds against the San Jose Sharks or Colorado Avalanche. NY was 18th on the penalty kill this season (79.9%), while the Penguins finished 5th on the power play (24.6%). He is that talented. He finished the season with a 2.39 GAA and a.917 SV%.

But this is the only season that matters. They have the depth and talent to do it again with the likes of P.K. Subban, Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Filip Forseberg, again all guys that have been here before and know how to get things done.

Who said the playoffs are fair?

At Sports Interaction, the Lightning are the clear cut favourite to win the series paying -588.

Its best players have to be its best players.

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