NBCSN’s coverage of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with Wednesday’s First Round matchup between the Blue Jackets and Lightning. Coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Watch the Blue Jackets-Lightning stream on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
For the second straight game, Tampa Bay won a one-goal game. Now, a year after becoming the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept out of the first round (at the hands of the Blue Jackets) the Lightning are a win away from advancing to the Second Round.
The Lightning are seeking their first series win since 2018. Tampa has been very efficient in series-clinching games in the early rounds of the last several postseasons but has struggled to close out games in the Conference Final and Cup Final. In both 2016 and 2018, Tampa was 2-0 in series-clinching games in the first two rounds before blowing 3-2 series leads to lose the Conference Final
Since John Tortorella has been the Blue Jackets head coach, Columbus has faced elimination five times, including earlier this postseason when they defeated Toronto in Game 5 of the Qualifying Round. Under Tortorella the Blue Jackets are 2-3 when facing elimination. In their last three elimination game losses, the Blue Jackets were outscored 14-5.
WHAT: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
WHERE: Scotiabank Arena – Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday, August 19, 12 p.m. ET
ON THE CALL: Gord Miller, AJ Mleczko
HOW TO WATCH: You can watch the Blue Jackets-Lightning stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets (TB leads 3-1)
Tuesday, Aug. 11: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT) (recap)
Thursday, Aug. 13: Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1 (recap)
Saturday, Aug. 15: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (recap)
Monday, Aug. 17: Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 1 (recap)
Wednesday, Aug. 19: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 12 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)
*Friday, Aug. 21: Tampa Bay at Columbus – TBD
*Saturday, Aug. 22: Columbus at Tampa Bay – TBD