Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(25-18-11) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (35-15-5)
Date: Wednesday February 15th, 2017
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
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Sitting 4th in the Atlantic Division, every game is important for the Maple Leafs and the team will look to take out a Columbus Blue Jackets team that hasn’t looked that good since the 16-game winning streak ended.
Columbus will look to defend its home ice against a Toronto team with a fun, fast-paced offense that can overwhelm teams if they are not prepared.
Toronto Maple Leafs
This Toronto team has been fun to watch all season, especially now that the youth-filled organization has started to figure out how to play on both sides of the ice. The offense has been great all season, the forecheck has led to a lot of goals, but the defense and goaltending left a lot to be desired.
It’s still shaky at times, but the Leafs have been a better team on defense in 2017. It’s still not the strong suit of the team, as four of the last seven games have seen the team give up five or more goals, but it’s getting better.
Offense is still the name of the game for the Leafs, who rank 8th in the National Hockey League with 165 goals on the year. The young guys have been wonderful all season and rookie Auston Matthews has shown that he can definitely be the future of this team.
Matthews has 25 goals and 19 assists on the year, including two goals and three assists over his last five games.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus, with just three wins in the last nine games, hasn’t been playing like the team we saw win 16 straight games. The offense has been inconsistent and the goaltending has been shaky at best.
Speaking on the goaltending for a moment, All-Star Sergei Bobrovsky has not looked like himself recently. So far in February, he’s 2-3-1 in six starts and has just a .901 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average.
The Blue Jackets still have the 4th best goals against total in the league, but you wouldn’t guess that from the way the team has been playing recently.
On offense, the team has looked less than stellar recently.
The team has just eight goals total over the last five games and isn’t getting the same level of point contribution for major guys as it was a month or so ago.
Cam Atkinson (27G, 22A) has three goals over his last eight games, but hasn’t contributed a single assist. He’s been a crucial part of this offense and needs to find a way to contribute more for this team.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Toronto is 2-8 ATS in the last 10 games at home
- The Total has gone UNDER in four of Columbus’ last five games
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Prediction:
Neither team has been particularly good when it comes to the win column recently, but I really like this Toronto offense. I think the Leafs get a road win in this one.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Toronto ML
Frankly, I haven’t liked how the Columbus Blue Jackets have looked recently. With Bobrovsky’s poor goaltending so far in February, I think the Toronto offense has a good chance to grab a win here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 3 – Columbus 2
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