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

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It's hard to imagine that the fortunes of the Blue Jackets will be reversed against the relentless Lightning in the postseason.

Mitch Marner scored twice on Thursday night to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 win over the Bruins and a 1-0 series lead as +125 underdogs.

Let's start off in the east with the best team in the league Tampa Bay Lightning going against the second wildcard Columbus Blue Jackets.

With all eight first-round series underway and a handful of Game 2s in the books, it's safe to say some playoff brackets are already in danger of crumbling, with the runaway favorite Tampa Bay Lightning falling behind 0-2 in their series vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets and Barry Trotz's New York Islanders already up 2-0 on the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We did that, and we got the short-handed goal".

Phil Kessel scored in the first period for the Penguins and Evgeni Malkin scored in the second before Justin Schultz forced overtime by scoring with 1:29 remaining in regulation.

The Blue Jackets fell into an early 3-0 hole in the first period against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Lightning.

Goals from Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde had put the Lightning into a commanding position by the end of the first period.

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy also scored for NY, which was opening a postseason series at home for the first time in 31 years.

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Predators defensemen Roman Josi and P.K. Subban each scored goals, and Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots. If they can hold the Capitals to under 30 shots on goal per game and get some good goaltending from whoever starts, they might have a chance to make it to the next round.

"Our mentality has to be when we get in these situations is shut teams down, not to add to the lead". They could also be without reigning Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman, who wasn't at Saturday's practice. Not this season, not in recent memory, but in the Stanley Cup era. But the Capitals' lead only lasted six minutes because with Dowd back in the box for high-sticking, Staal deflected Hamilton's shot past Holtby for Carolina's first power-play goal in the series.

"Now all of those guys have got their first game out of the way, they should get some confidence", coach Bill Peters said. Can he be just as good for seven games against a team lead by the greatest goalscorer in the modern era?

Foligno cut the deficit to 3-1 at 9:15 of the second on a breakaway goal after Tampa Bay's Ryan McDonagh made an errant pass in the offensive zone. The Jets were tied with Florida for the most losses in the regular season when leading after two periods with nine.

"No, and I'm serious about that", Tortorella said.

Nikita Kucherov, who had an NHL-best 128 points in the regular season, was held without a point but had an in-close chance turned aside by Bobrovsky and hit the crossbar during the opening minute of the second during a power play.

"I think he not only rebounded, I thought he went to a different level, " Tortorella said of a two-time Vezina Trophy victor. 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!

Tampa and Columbus resume their war on Sunday. Capitals C Lars Eller played after missing practice Friday for upper-body maintenance. They'll open up against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who they went 3-0 against this year and outscored 17-3 in those games.

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