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Maple Leafs at Blue Jackets - 4/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (30-43-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (39-35-5)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -188 / Toronto Maple Leafs +169 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, SPNET

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets play Wednesday at the Nationwide Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Maple Leafs are averaging 2.5 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have one power play goal in their last four games and have won three of their last four when scoring at least three goals. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 27 goals,  Phil Kessel has 35 assists and Tyler Bozak has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 3.1 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 148 goals on 1,689 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 89 goals on 981 shots.

Maple Leafs at Blue Jackets - 4/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have one power play goal in their last four games and have won 13 of their last 14 when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 30 goals, Ryan Johansen has 43 assists and Scott Hartnell has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 132 goals on 1,572 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 78 goals on 897 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 7-19 in their last 26 vs. Metropolitan and 11-42 in their last 53 road games. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 5-11 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus.

This game is pretty much pointless with both teams eliminated. And although the Blue Jackets are red hot, Toronto has won four of its last five games in Columbus. I'll take the plus money given the circumstances. 

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Toronto Maple Leafs +169

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