Toronto Maple Leafs (25-10-2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (22-12-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 28, 2018 (Nationwide Arena)
Line and Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 Over/Under: 6.5
Free ESPN NHL Pick Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs
This is yet another game with a lot of intriguing sub-plots. First of all, two of the best young defensemen in the league today will square off tonight. Leaf Morgan Reilly came into the league at number five in 2012 and Seth Jones of the Blue Jackets was drafted in the fourth position in 2013. Rielly is leading all defensemen in goals with 13 and points with a total of 44. Jones is doing well with 20 points even though he missed a month with a knee injury. Couple that with the Blue Jackets coming off four straight wins and points in their last six games, and you definitely have a fun game to watch and wager on.
There is no question about it, Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is playing well lately. He was named the NHL player of the week last go-round, and for good reason. The man has stopped a lot of teams dead in their tracks simply because he is one of the league leaders with 16 wins.
Right wing player Cam Atkinson has scored in the last two meetings versus the Maple Leafs. Moreover, when he is combined with Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc Dubois it is one of the best lines in the league with a combined 108 points.
Even though the Blue Jackets are doing well, so are the Maple Leafs. They have won their last four straight, and they have done so in a number of different ways. They had two blowout victories against New Jersey (7-2) and Florida (6-1) and they had a couple of squeakers against the Rangers (5-3) and the Red Wings (5-4).
Either way you slice it, they have been getting the job done in this last week. However, they are coming off a five-day break, so it remains to be seen whether they can continue this solid play or not.
Columbus Blue Jackets Trends
Columbus is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Columbus is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Toronto
Columbus is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Toronto
Columbus is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 gamesdef
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Toronto is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games on the road
Free ESPN NHL Parlays Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
These two teams are fairly evenly matched, so this is definitely a tough call. I would probably have to give a slight edge to the Columbus Blue Jackets simply because I like how they have done SU against the Maple Leafs in their last couple of games. Of course, the oddsmakers have Toronto as the favored team because they are a slightly better team. Another interesting tidbit about the last couple of games for the Columbus Blue Jackets would be that in almost all of these games the total has GONE OVER. Thus, this might be an intriguing game for these who like to bet on the point spreads as well.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5