Columbus performs Tampa Bay, seems to interrupt residence dropping streak


Tampa Bay Lightning (26-10-2, second in Central Division) v Columbus Blue Jackets (14-18-8, seventh in Central Division)

Columbus, Ohio; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Columbus takes on Tampa Bay to end their three home games.

The Blue Jackets are 14-18-8 against division opponents. Columbus averaged just 2.7 penalties per game, the fewest in the NHL. Scott Harrington leads the team averaging 0.3.

The lightning is 26-10-2 against the rest of their division. Tampa Bay is third in the Nhl with an average of 3.4 goals per game, led by Steven Stamkos at 16.

When they last met on April 1, Tampa Bay won 3-2. Brayden Point scored two goals for the Lightning at team level in the win.

TOP PERFORMER: Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with 14 goals, adds 17 assists and scores a total of 31 points. Seth Jones has three goals and three assists in the last 10 games for Columbus.

Victor Hedman has 36 total points, scored seven goals and a total of 29 assists for the Blitz. Yanni Gourde has 7 points in the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, average 1.7 goals, 3.1 assists, 2.5 penalties and five penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a saving of 0.918 percent.

Blitz: 6-4-0, an average of 2.8 goals, five assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes, while 2.4 goals per game are given up with a saving of 0.915 percent.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Riley Nash: Day after Day (lower body).

Flash: Curtis McElhinney: day in and day out (undisclsoed), Erik Cernak: day in and day out (lower body).


The Associated Press created this story using Sportradar technology and data provided by Data Skrive.

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