Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds & Info
|Game||Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Date & Time||Friday October 4, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH
TOR -145 O/U 6.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday for the opening game of the season for Columbus. The Maple Leafs opened the 2019-20 regular season with 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Auston Matthews scored a pair of goals as Toronto scored four times during the second period to put the game out of reach. Ilya Mikheyev scored one goal and assisted on another in his debut in the NHL. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.
Auston Matthews leads Toronto in goals scored with two, while Tyson Barrie is the assists leader with two and Matthews, Barrie and Ilya Mikheyev are tied for the points lead with two apiece. Frederik Andersen is 1-0-0 with goals against of 3.01 and save percentage of .885.
Columbus lost a great deal of talent through free agents leaving during the offseason. Nonetheless, Zach Werenski and Seth Jones remain and make up part of a solid group of hockey players. The big addition amongst the many losses during the offseason was Gustav Nyquist, who will make the second line for the Blue Jackets nearly as good as the first.
The biggest losses were center Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but expect to see a strong season from Alexandre Texier. The French forward appeared on the radar during the playoffs last season and the 20-year old is expected to make a big splash when he takes the spot of the departed Panarin on Columbus’ top line. Jones and Werenski will be the two main stars to watch, but Columbus will surprise many that doubt the team starting the season.
Recent Betting Trends
- Toronto is 2-6 in its last 8 on one day’s rest
- The OVER has cashed in each of the Maple Leafs last 4
- Columbus is 8-3 in its last 11 at home
- The UNDER has cashed in 5 of the Blue Jackets last 6
Free NHL Pick:
Columbus is not expected to have a strong season like Toronto is. The Blue Jackets lost several top players including top center Artemi Panarin and one of the NHL’s top goalies in Sergei Bobrovsky. However, the Blue Jackets will surprise many with their new additions to the lineup and remaining top players like Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. Home ice is the difference here. Final Score Prediction, Columbus Blue Jackets win 4-3.