Columbus vs. Tampa Bay Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Fifteen years later, Tortorella is coaching the Blue Jackets against the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, and guess what sign hangs inside the Columbus locker room? The Jets were tied with Florida for the most losses in the regular season when leading after two periods with nine.

"We'll know later in the day, see how he feels", Bednar said.

Keep an eye on goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. In the second frame the Blue Jackets scored a single goal to make the game 3-1. He's a Toronto product with 44 regular-season National Hockey League games on his resume. Besides having the best power play and penalty killing, the Lightning scored a league-high 325 goals, the most by any team since 1995-96. For the second straight season, the Colorado Avalanche are in the postseason. "Things just happen so fast". This is a five-alarm fire. One of the biggest differences to the Hurricanes success this season has been the strong goaltending performances they have gotten out of Petr Mrazek (who the Hurricanes acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers) and Curtis McElhinney.

Wednesday night in Amalie Arena, there was a healthy reminder as the Columbus Blue Jackets scored three goals in the third period to battle back from a 3-0 deficit at the end of the first period to topple the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. They take on the Stars today at 9:30 PM, with Nashville in the lead 2-1.

"It pisses me off", Smith said, according to News Channel 5's Jonathan Burton.

I understand why some people might think Carolina can get past Washington.

All well and good, but previous top teams have done the same and not been able to live up to the billing.

The big picture? Hughes is the next big American hockey star - and he'll likely play for an American team (unlike Auston Matthews, Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Brady Tkachuk, Quinn Hughes and Brock Boeser - all stashed above the border on Canadian teams).

Braden Holtby got the win for the Capitals between the pipes to improve to 2-0-0 after stopping 25 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort.

Columbus defenseman Seth Jones delivered the knockout punch for the Blue Jackets at 14:05 with his power play goal that crafted the 4-3 come-from-behind victory. They'll open up against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who they went 3-0 against this year and outscored 17-3 in those games. Things are going to get interesting tonight in sunny Tampa, Florida.

Brooks Orpik has four career playoff goals, two of them are overtime winners and another is a regulation game victor. But, Nash and Panarin scored goals over a three-minute span midway through the period. They also were the first team in 23 years to have three players score 40 goals, with Kucherov (41), Steven Stamkos (45) and Brayden Point (41). We want long playoff runs because it gives us more to write about so the "homer" side comes out but not for this guy. "There's no sense in pouting right now". We'll soon find out.

Duchene stole the puck from J.T. Miller along the left-wing boards and sent a pass into the low slot that Atkinson redirected past Vasilevskiy 5:15 into the game. The Blues, meanwhile, didn't look right at all when they were the league's worst team on January 2, but since then, they have been among the league's hottest. The Islanders also hit the 100 point mark for the first time since 2015-16 with 103 points.

  • Julie Sanders