Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (23-16-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, TSNT, TVA
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday in NHL action at the
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 11.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 14 goals, Artemi Panarin has 24 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 83 goals on 1,030 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 26 goals on 271 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 19 goals, Morgan Rielly has 26 assists and William Nylander has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 93 goals on 1,196 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 227 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Blue Jackets are 6-13 in their last 19 Monday games, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Monday games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled on the road as of late and are coming off a game Sunday night against the Florida Panthers that included overtime and a shootout. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a tough out at home recently and have improved big time defensively during this stretch. I'm going to back the Maple Leafs on their home ice due to the home and rest advantage they have over the Blue Jackets.