Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Betting Lines & PredictionsPosted by: Charlie Smith
There are few options to try your NHL hockey betting luck on this evening as the league has just three matchups planned for the night. Without doubt, the most high-profile matchup of the evening has to be the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Eastern Conference matchup. Both teams are in contention for the lead in their respective divisions, so this one should prove to be thrilling indeed. Let’s take a look at what kind of parlay and picks NHL sportsbook players can make on this Wednesday night pairing.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Wed., Dec. 20th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
NHL Hockey Betting Lines:
Toronto Maple Leafs TBP
Columbus Blue Jackets TBP
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs fall into this Eastern Conference matchup with a 21-13-2 record that ranks Toronto 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Additionally, the Maple Leafs have acquired 43 points this season, which has helped them stay in contention for the lead in the Atlantic. At the present moment, it is the Tampa Bay Lightning and their 50 points which lead the Atlantic. Nevertheless, the Maple Leafs can still catch the Lightning and claim the division for themselves. Toronto will need to find better consistency if they are to accomplish that goal since they are 1-3 in their last four sportsbook matches.
All things considered, the away team should cruise to an easy win in this Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets matchup. The reason being, that Toronto has a much better offense and a much better defensive unit as well. At the present time the Leafs rank 6th in the NHL in goals scored per game, 9th in goals allowed and 6th in power play percentage. Comparatively, the Blue Jackets rank 22nd in goals scored per game, 8th in goals allotted and 31st in power play percentage.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets enter this matchup with a 20-13-1 record. With that record, the Blue Jackets find themselves ranked 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus finds themselves niched in that spot thanks to the 41 points the franchise has accrued so far this season. That 41-point tally technically ties the Blue Jackets with the New York Rangers for the No. 3 spot in the division. Both Columbus and New York are vying to catch up with the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils at the top of the division, who are sitting on 45 points and 43 points respectively. The odds have yet to come out for this matchup but NHL hockey betting players can expect Columbus to open as the underdog considering that the club has posted a 1-3 record in their last 4 games.
There’s not much use taking the Blue Jackets straight up and bettors should shy away from taking them on the spread as well. For clarification; Columbus is sitting on a 15-19 record against the spread. Granted, the Maple Leafs have a crappy record against the spread too, since they’re 15-20 ATS.