NHL Tuesday: Peterson picks Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators
The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a win.Associated Press Photo / Chris O’Meara

NHL Tuesday: Peterson picks Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators

Columbus Blue Jackets (+210) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (-238), 7 pm EDT, Dallas Stars (-120) @ Nashville Predators (+100), 8 pm EDT

Columbus Blue Jackets (+210) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (-238), 7 pm EDT

Following 2 painful back-to-back losses to the Detroit Red Wings, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in deep trouble as they find themselves up against possibly the best team in the NHL – the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night in Florida. The Blue Jackets have the talent to compete and by all means should have swept that 2 game series in Detroit. Columbus has the potential to be great, but not all can "dial-in" to that greatness and let it show.

The Tampa Bay Lightning on the other hand are No. 1 in the Central Division and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and 3.1 allowed, whereas the Blue Jackets are 3-7 in their last 10 and averaging 2.2 goals per game while allowing 3.2. Expect a good effort from Columbus following embarrassing defeats to Detroit, but take Tampa Bay on the Puck Line here as they should win this game by 2+ goals.

PICK: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 (+105)

Dallas Stars (-120) @ Nashville Predators (+100), 8 pm EDT

Sitting at No. 4 in the Central Division, the Nashville Predators are riding a wave of momentum right now winning 6 of their last 10 which includes impressive victories over Tampa Bay, Florida & Chicago. The Predators will play host to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night in Nashville.

Dallas is No. 7 in the Central Division and 3-7 in their last 10. The Stars are averaging 1.2 goals per game and allowing 1.7. On the flip side, Nashville is averaging 1.9 goals per game and 1.4 allowed. Dallas is better than their record portrays, but their inconsistency has been alarming and Nashville is hot right now. Take the Predators on the Moneyline here at a great price.

PICK: Nashville Predators Moneyline (+100)

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