Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets bid to stave off elimination on Wednesday when they play Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto.
Cam Atkinson recorded his franchise-best 10th postseason goal and club-record 24th playoff point in his return to the lineup following a two-game absence in Columbus’ 2-1 setback on Monday. Fellow forward Pierre-Luc Dubois set up Atkinson’s tally to give him team-best totals in assists (five) and points (nine) this postseason.
The Blue Jackets have dropped three one-goal decisions in this series after leading the NHL with 20 one-goal victories during the regular season.
Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning aim to exact revenge after unceremoniously being bounced by Columbus from last year’s playoffs when they play the Blue Jackets on Wednesday in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series in Toronto.
The Lightning, who lead the series 3-1, pushed the Blue Jackets to the brink of elimination on Monday following Andrei Vasilevskiy’s 28-save performance in a 2-1 win. The reigning Vezina Trophy recipient has turned aside 123 of 131 shots in the series.
Tampa Bay holds a 3-1 advantage in a best-of-seven set for the seventh time in franchise history. The Lightning won all six of those previous series, including five in Game 5.