The Columbus Blue Jackets (21-12-3) meet the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-10-2) at the Nationwide Arena on Friday night.
The Blue Jackets were last in action on the road at the New York Rangers on Thursday evening (result unknown at time of writing), but won their previous four games prior to that, the last of which was a 3-1 win at the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
The Blue Jackets have averaged 3.25 Goals per Game, which places them 10th in the overall NHL rankings. Defensively they have allowed 3.00 Goals per Game, which puts them tied 17th. On an individual player basis, Cam Atkinson has 23 goals for the Blue Jackets this season, while Artemi Panarin has registered 28 assists.
The Maple Leafs were last in action on Sunday evening, when they beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in OT, with Kasperi Kapanen scoring the decisive goal. That was a fourth consecutive win for the Maple Leafs, during which time they’ve lit the lamp on no fewer than 23 occasions.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging an impressive 3.78 Goals per Game, leaving them an excellent 2nd in the overall standings. Defensively they’ve allowed 2.78 Goals per Game, which puts them in 7th position overall. On an individual basis, John Tavares has 24 goals for the Maple Leafs, while Mitch Marner has 38 assists.
This isn’t an easy game for our NHL bet predictions given that both these teams are in such good form of late. However, the Maple Leafs could benefit from having had extra rest prior to this game and so they are the tips to win this on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs