Maple Leafs at Blue Jackets - 10/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (0-2-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-4-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Toronto Maple Leafs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TSNT, FSOH
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets square off Friday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking for their first victory after a 0-2-1 start to the year. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 1.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Daniel Winnik leads Toronto with one goal, Dion Phaneuf has three assists and Nazem Kadri has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 63.6 percent of their power play chances. James Reimer has allowed five goals on 46 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has given up five goals on 37 shots. Reimer has allowed three or more goals in four of his last eight outings. Shawn Matthias is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets need to get their first victory after a tough 0-4 start to the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 29.4 percent on their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with three goals, Ryan Johansen has four assists and Nick Foligno has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing five goals per game and are killing 64.3 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 18 goals on 106 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up one goal on seven shots. Bobrovsky has allowed four or more goals in five of his last seven outings. Alexander Wennberg and David Clarkson are questionable.
The Maple Leafs are 17-36 in their last 53 Friday games and 9-42 in their last 51 road games. The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Both of these teams are in similar spots, as they're both looking to get on the board in the win column. And while the road team has controlled the series over the years, I'm going to side with the Blue Jackets because they're at home. Columbus should have the slight edge against a Toronto team that's been brutal on the road.