Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (3-3-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (5-3-1)

NHL Hockey: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -195 / Columbus Blue Jackets +155 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 13 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with three goals, Alexander Wennberg has three assists and Cam Atkinson has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 16 goals on 168 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 10 goals on 73 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs also need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with seven goals, Morgan Rielly has nine assists and Mitch Marner has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 21 goals on 215 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed nine goals on 79 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in six of their first nine games.

The Blue Jackets are 9-4 in their last 13 road games, 11-5 in their last 16 games following a win and 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 6-2 in their last 8 Monday games, 3-11 in their last 14 games following a win and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 16-5 in Blue Jackets last 21 road games. The over is 6-2 in Maple Leafs last 8 home games. The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The Blue Jackets are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won four of the last five meetings against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it's been their offensive pressure that's given them trouble in all of those games. When the Maple Leafs are clicking offensively they give a lot of teams trouble, and right now they're third in goals per game and seventh in both shots and team power play. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been profitable on the road as of late, but the Maple Leafs are tough to bet against when they're consistently finding the back of the net. I'll take the Toronto Maple Leafs and the PL for added value. 

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