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Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets bid to summon the strength after falling in the fourth-longest game in NHL history when they face the second-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Thursday in Toronto.
Joonas Korpisalo set a league record with 85 saves in Tuesday’s 3-2 setback in five overtimes, a contest that lasted 6 hours, 13 minutes. Korpisalo likely will be back in net with rookie backup Elvis Merzlikins nursing an undisclosed injury that has sidelined him for the last two games.
Minutes-eating defenseman Seth Jones assuredly will return to the ice after logging an NHL-record 65:06 of ice time in Game 1. Pierre-Luc Dubois has six points (four goals, two assists) in his last four games overall, while Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the first time this playoffs after leading the team with 21 goals in the regular season.
Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to find some spring in their step on Thursday when they play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto.
Brayden Point capped a two-goal performance on Tuesday by scoring 10:27 into the fifth overtime, as the second-seeded Lightning won the fourth-longest game in NHL history, courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Columbus. Point carries a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists) into Thursday’s tilt, and he also scored in his final playoff game last season.
Reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in net after turning aside 61 shots, one better than Nikolai Khabibulin’s previous franchise record set in Game 6 of the 2003 conference quarterfinals.