The Blue Jackets are facing top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that won the Presidents' Trophy for best overall record in the National Hockey League, ending the regular season 62-16. Columbus is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home underdog.
Game 3 is in Columbus on Sunday night.
Late in the third period with Tampa trailing, Kucherov trips Nutivaara behind the Columbus net. Kadri was suspended three games.
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On Wednesday, Columbus took the first win of the series. I've got to believe they come out flying here and while the suddenly surging Blue Jackets are going to have a frenzied home crowd for support, I think TB has a great chance to get back in the series.
The NHL-best Lightning now face the tall task of climbing out of an 0-2 series deficit without the help of their best player and the league's likely Hart Trophy victor.
The Lightning seemed to have everything in their favor heading into the playoffs, but found themselves entering Game 3 with a two-game hole, their top scorer suspended and their top defenseman injured. The Blue Jackets started the postseason last season by winning the first two games of the first-round series with eventual Stanley Cup Washington, which won the next four games. But what Hedman forgot about Nash was that he wasn't a member of the Blue Jackets during the 2017-18 playoffs. Oliver Bjorkstrand followed with a power-play goal, doubling the Blue Jackets lead.