Tampa Bay Lightning VS Columbus Blue Jackets
The Tampa Bay Lightning head into game 3 of their first round of playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Game 3 kicks off at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT on April 14. This time, Tampa Bay heads to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets in their own arena.
Who Will Win?
While Tampa Bay had an incredible regular season, dominating both their division and the entire league in several categories, they have struggled to carry the same domination over into the playoffs. Currently, Tampa Bay trails 0-2 for their first round, while the previously thought underdogs, the Columbus Blue Jackets have overtaken the round.
To make matters even more concerning, the Lightning now head into game 3 of an already losing round without one of their season leading players. Nikita Kucherov has been a driving force for the lightning this year. He ended the season leading the league in points with 128. He also broke several long-established records over the course of the regular season, more of which can be found here. All in all, he had a phenomenal season.
However, in game 2, Nikita Kucherov obtained a penalty for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Consequently, the penalty also meant a one-game suspension for Kucherov during game 3.
We’ve seen many times in the regular season where the Lightning come back stronger after facing a defeat. Can they come back from this? Absolutely! While Tampa Bay has started themselves off at a disadvantage, we hope to see them start kicking things up and start recovering an overall victory in round 1.
This is huge. It’s a good trip, a tough trip. We need to take advantage of it.