Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (29-23-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (34-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, TSN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.
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 14 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 17 goals, Artemi Panarin has 30 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 112 goals on 1,391 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 31 goals on 345 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last nine games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 26 goals, William Nylander has 31 assists and Mitch Marner has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 127 goals on 1,610 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 21 goals on 308 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto, 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have put together nice back to back victories, but the Devils and the Islanders aren't the Toronto Maple Leafs. The bottom line is that the Blue Jackets continue to struggle on the defensive end, and they haven't won three straight games since late November. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and have played some of their best hockey at home during this stretch. I have to side with the Maple Leafs on their home ice.