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The Toronto Maple Leafs make their second visit to Columbus in two weeks when they meet the Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena.
ANALYSIS

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction: Expect Goals Early and Often in Columbus

The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the previous meeting against the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime, thanks to a Patrick Laine game-winning goal. Toronto has been leaking goals over the past 4 games as they have allowed 21 goals in that span. They have also been scoring goals during that time as they have lit the lamp 20 times in those 4 games.

The Leafs last played on Saturday night, where they dropped a 6-4 decision at home to Vancouver. The Blue Jackets have also been consistently scoring goals over the past ten games, as they have averaged 3.90 goals per game. They are averaging 3.80 goals against in those 10 games as well. The Jackets last played on Saturday night, dropping a 5-4 decision in a shootout to Boston at home. 

Bet $1 on ANY NHL Moneyline and Get $150 if Your Team Wins! Claim this Awesome DraftKings Promo by Clicking Here On the road this season, the Leafs are averaging a league-leading 3.86 goals per game and allowing 3.21 goals per game. The Leafs average 35.1 road shots per game, 2nd most in the league. Toronto has the third-best road power play at 25.3%, and the 7th best road penalty kill at 80.9%. The Leafs lead the league with 79 five on five goals on the road and 294 high danger scoring chances on the road. Toronto have given up 68 goals on the road in five on five situations. Petr Mrazek is getting the start tonight. In 8 road games, 7 being starts, Mrazek has 3.36 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage.

Get the DraftKings NHL Promo and get 150/1 Odds on the Toronto Maple Leafs to win At home this season, the Blue Jackets are averaging 3.38 goals per game and allowing 3.81 goals per game. The Jackets also allow a 2nd most 36.3 shots per game on home ice this season. The Jackets' home power play is toward the bottom of the league as it sits at 17.4%. It is, however, at 26.3% over their past 10 home games. The Blue Jackets' home penalty kill is middle of the pack at 80%. In five on five situations on home ice, the Jackets are 7th with 64 goals scored, and they have allowed the most goals at 72. They don't generate many high danger scoring chances as their 194 are 4th least. The Jackets give up the 9th most high danger scoring chances at 248. The Jackets have not announced a starter for tonight in net.

Bet $10 on Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets and Win $200 If EITHER TEAM SCORES with this BetMGM promo! Simply click here. With the way these teams have been trending lately, I see the goal-scoring to continue tonight. I am tempted to play an Alt line of 7 at plus money, but playing it safe and hoping for at least a 3-3 game. 

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets Pick

Pick: Over 6.5 -135 (Bet $135 to Win $100)

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.

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