Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/25/13
Columbus Blue Jackets (8-12-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (14-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -178 / Columbus Blue Jackets +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Blue Jackets look to shake off a loss in their last outing as they head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. The Leafs meanwhile are coming off a shootout win on Saturday night against the Capitals.
Columbus has had a tough start to the season as they sit four games under the .500 mark and while that may not seem like an insurmountable task and it isn’t but expectations coming into this season for the Jackets were very high. Columbus ended the season as one of the league’s hottest teams last year as they just missed out on a playoff spot and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky captured the Vezina Trophy as the game’s top net minder. Columbus will look for their fifth road win of the year in Toronto but it will be a formidable task as the Leafs are a very good team at home and are coming off a nice win against a Capitals team who was desperate for a win. Bobrovsky gets the nod here in the crease as he matches up against either James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs.
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Toronto showed a ton of resiliency in their outing with the Caps as they outlasted Washington in a shootout victory on Saturday night and will have some momentum heading into this one against the Jackets. Toronto played a very solid team game on Saturday night and they have pulled within three points of the Bruins for top spot in the Atlantic division so a crucial victory here would push the Leafs to within striking distance of reclaiming the top spot in the Conference. The goaltending “controversy” continues to develop but for all good reasons as both net minders have been brilliant and it was Reimer who got the victory on Saturday and could very well get the call for the blue and white in this one. Columbus is a funny team as they seem to compete in big games while the Leafs have been known to drop winnable games but this is a different version and I fully expect the Leafs to take advantage of a talent disparity here.