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NHL Playoff Round-up - Tuesday Playoff Predictions and Picks

Tuesday’s NHL Playoffs slate will see the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders try to close out first-round series sweeps against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively. The St. Louis Blues will try to get back on track and take a 3-1 lead over the Winnipeg Jets. Game 4 between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will be covered in a separate article.

Odds provided by FanDuel; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7 p.m. Eastern

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Moneyline: The Lightning has been the favorite for each game of the series after winning the Presidents’ Trophy with a 128-point regular season. Even down 0-3 on the road, they’re laying -135Nikita Kucherov rejoins the lineup after a one-game suspension, and we’ll pick the Lightning as they fight for respectability.

Against the spread: Columbus is finally getting some respect from the sportsbooks on the spread, as it pays just -240 for them to cover +1.5. Expect an all-out attack from Tampa Bay and roll with -1.5 at +200.

Over/under: The total for Game 4 has been set at with the first three games going 1-1-1 against the number. Pick the OVER at -110 as Jon Cooper’s team tries to salvage something from a record season.

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 p.m. Eastern

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Moneyline: The Penguins are heavy favorites at -170 as they also fight against a surprising sweep. The Islanders have increased their margin of victory through each game thus far, but we’ll count on the Penguins’ experience finally coming through to put off elimination at least until the series returns to New York.

Against the spread: The way Islanders G Robin Lehner has been playing this postseason, it’s unlikely the Penguins are unable to run away with this one. Back the visitors at -195 to cover +1.5.

Over/under: The first three games of the series went 1-2 against Tuesday’s total of 5.5. Even if Pittsburgh is finally able to break through Lehner and the Islanders’ defense, it’ll need to rely on a strong defensive game of its own to win. Back the UNDER at -135.

Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues – 9:30 p.m. Eastern

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Moneyline: The Blues dropped their first home game of the series after stealing home-ice advantage from the Jets with two victories in Winnipeg. Game 3 was Jordan Binnington‘s first time allowing more than four goals in a start this year. We expected nerves on the road, and he should be able to bounce back from one poor performance. Take St. Louis as a -155 favorite.

Against the spread: Both teams should want to play a tighter game than their last time out. The first two games of the series were played within one goal, so we’ll go with Winnipeg to cover +1.5 (-210).

Over/under: Each of the last two games surpassed Tuesday’s number of 5.5. We’ll stick with the expectation of a tighter affair, and roll with the UNDER (-130).

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