Tampa Bay vs Columbus
Tampa, denoting a specific goal in the coming seasons to win the Stanley Cup, in the summer was busy extending contracts (Kucherov, Mcdoon, Miller), in a special strengthening of the current roster does not need – the team is already perfectly staffed (with "Lightning" appeared among the main contenders for Tavares and Carlsson). But before the start of the season from the camp "lightning" came the important news: the post of GMA released Steve Ayzerman. On the one hand, in the near future, this maneuver should not affect the team, on the other, when one of the best GM of the League, who made the current team, leaves, you can not do without a sense of anxiety. Tampa started to match this feeling: in two home matches the team of John Cooper gave birth to only two goals. Yesterday, Tampa unexpectedly lost to Vancouver in the end of the third period (missed four goals in nine minutes) – 1:4.
Columbus solidly opened the championship, having won in four matches of three wins. But not so simple, because the main joy of "Jackets" at the same time is a pain: Artem Panarin confirms the status of the best player of the team (3+4), but the problem is that the Russian does not intend to extend the contract with the club, which ends in the summer. Because the blue Jackets need to solve a fundamental dilemma – what to do? And if we add here a similar and ambiguous situation with Sergei Bobrovsky,then you can go crazy. Also note that the starting segment of the new season Columbus will hold without a better defender – Set.Johns landed in the infirmary.
Columbus came to Florida a day earlier, having managed to beat the Panthers last night (5:4). The duel took a lot of strength, because the team the whole game was nose to nose. This should play into the hands of Tampa, which is time to show strength. To tell the truth, Columbus - not the best opponent for this, but in the current situation Cooper's team does not make sense to look at the face of the opponent, you need to score. By the way, statistically, "Blue Jackets" are a convenient victim for Tampa: in the last ten face – to-face meetings, the Floridians have won seven victories, in particular, won three extreme dates-two of them at the "Amalie Arena" dry.
Tampa Bay vs Columbus prediction
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