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Murph’s Lock April 14: Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets (7 PM ET, NBCSN)
That’s right! I’m giving you two picks for Murphy’s Lock tonight! The Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves in familiar territory in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last season they went into Washington DC and took the first two games of the 2018 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the heavily favored Washington Capitals. As you may recall though, the Caps took the next two in Columbus to tie the series and then won Game 5 in DC and Game 6 in Columbus. The rest is history as the Capitals went on to win their first Stanley Cup! Well, here we are again and the Blue Jackets find themselves up 2-0 in a series with an even more favored Tampa Bay Lightning. The same team that tied the league record for most regular season wins with 62 and won the President’s Trophy running away. Now the BJ’s have another chance to pull off an even more monumental upset and knock off the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup!
The Lightning faces an even tougher obstacle now with their superstar forward and favorites to win the Stanley Cup, Nikita Kucherov, suspended for Game 3. No Kucherov, potentially no Victor Hedman and at best, a laboring Hedman and facing a 3-0 series deficit, can the Lightning finally deliver and overcome the most adversity they have faced this season? The red here is no!
As we’ve continually urged you to do and been right n doing so, go with the BJ’s! This team was built for the playoffs and the highly skilled Lightning simply aren’t. We will also tell you this game is going to overtime, where the Blue Jackets will send Nationwide Arena into a frenzy in the second extra frame to win 3-2! Sound the cannon baby!
Pick: Blue Jackets (+129); Draw (+295)
Here’s my other Stanley Cup playoffs opening night picks and series picks for each:
Game 3: Winnipeg Jets @ St. Louis Blues (7:30 PM ET, CNBC)
Pick: Under 5.5 (-131)
Game 3: San Jose Sharks @ Vegas Golden Knights (10 PM ET, NBCSN)
Pick: Under 6.5 (-109)
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