Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Sportsbook Preview
Posted by: Mike Davis
This evening, online hockey betting selections are running slim as the NHL is offering but a lone game for bettors to wage on. Specifically, this evening’s Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets is the only option available for NHL sportsbook players to sink their teeth into. At the very least, the matchup is an extremely intriguing one. Let’s take a look at what the sports parlay odds are predicting for this evening’s Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference pairing.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Monday, Jan. 8th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre
TV: NHL Network
Stream: NHL TV
Online Hockey Betting Lines:
Columbus Blue Jackets TBP
Toronto Maple Leafs TBP
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets slide into this evening’s pairing flashing a 24-16-3 record that ranks them 3rd overall in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus finds themselves in that spot because of the 51 points the club has accrued this season. Furthermore, that 51-point tally places Columbus 4 points behind the division leading Washington Capitals. Additionally, it gives the Blue Jackets a 2-point lead over the 4th place New York Rangers. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that things are pretty tight atop the Metropolitan. So, the Blue Jackets will need a strong showing through the second half of the season to crack this year’s playoff cut. Unfortunately for Columbus, the Blue Jackets are 2-4 in their last six. Therefore, the Blue Jackets will be striving for a turnaround this online hockey betting evening.
Without a doubt, Toronto will have a statistical advantage this evening, at least on offense. At the present time, Toronto ranks 7th in the NHL in goals per game and 8th overall in power play percentage. Comparatively, the Blue Jackets rank 27th in the league in scoring and 30th in power play percentage. Granted, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 9th in the league while the Maple Leafs own ranks 17th. But all things considered, the advantage Columbus has on offense should be too much for Columbus to overcome.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs enter this evening’s contest sporting a 25-16-2 record that ranks them 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Surprisingly, Toronto and Columbus have very similar records and standings. With this in mind, bettors should expect a tight game this evening. Toronto has amassed 52 points this season as well, which places them a whopping 11-points behind the Atlantic leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay has put on a clinic this season and the Leafs will need a big push to catch up to them. However, Toronto could catch up to the second-place Boston Bruins, who have a 1-point lead over the Maple Leafs. Furthermore, Toronto has an 11-point lead over the 4th place Red Wings. Lastly, the Leafs are 2-3 in their last 5 games and will be looking for better consistency as the season drags on.
There’s not much sense in taking the spread this evening, since both teams have less than stellar ATS sportsbook records. Either way, fans can find plenty of value taking Toronto and their superior offense straight up in this Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs matchup.