|1.5 CLB (-175) @ williamhill|
I'm playing COLUMBUS on the puck-line (+1.5 goals) I rode the Lightning to the Cup in the playoffs and they've picked up right where they left off. (They're 2-0 with a couple of easy victories.) While the champs are certainly going to be strong again, its not always going to be as easy as they've made it look. A closer look shows that both their games came against Chicago. They're going to get a much tougher challenge from Columbus. Remember, the Lightning eliminated the Blue Jackets from the playoffs. So, there's a revenge factor here. (The year before that, Columbus shocked TB in the first round.) The Jackets are off b2b games with identical 3-2 scores, their most recent going to OT. Speaking of "close games," the last three games between these teams had scores of 3-2, 2-1 and 5-4, all 1-goal games. In fact, while the teams have split the last 10 meetings equally, ALL five of TB's wins came by a single goal, three of them in OT. Expect another close one and AT LEAST another "puck-line cover."