Lightning open playoff series against the Blue Jackets
Tampa, Florida; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Tampa Bay hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Columbus Blue Jackets to start the Eastern Conference first round.
The Lightning are 32-7-2 on their home ice. Tampa Bay averages 10.6 points per game to lead the Eastern Conference, recording 3.9 goals and 6.7 assists per game.
The Blue Jackets are 25-14-2 on the road. Columbus has given up 30 power-play goals, killing 85 percent of opponent chances. The teams meet Wednesday for the fourth time this season. Tampa Bay went 3-0 against Columbus during the regular season.
Josh Anderson leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-25 in 82 games played this season. Artemi Panarin has totaled three goals and nine assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 7-3-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 5.3 assists, 1.4 penalties and 3.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .923 save percentage.
Lightning: 7-3-0, averaging 4.2 goals, 6.3 assists, 4.2 penalties and 11.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .902 save percentage.
Blue Jackets Injuries: None listed.