Face-off: 1900, 07/12/2021
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Toronto ran into a couple of red-hot teams over the weekend but are expected to find Columbus more conducive company at Scotiabank Arena.
The Blue Jackets are coming off a solid home win but had previously suffered from travel sickness with four straight defeats on the road.
We reckon 1.87 for the hosts to prevail by more than 1.5 goals is a good start for our Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets predictions.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto were handed tough back-to-back assignments when visiting Minnesota and Winnipeg on consecutive nights.
To make matters worse, the Maple Leafs went down 4-3 in overtime against the Wild and that took its toll in a 6-3 loss to the Jets.
Auston Matthews extended his goal streak to six games at Canada Life Centre on Sunday while Michael Bunting and Ondrej Kase also netted.
Matthews said: “We gave ourselves a chance there, battling back in the second to get within two goals down with a period to play, but then the game just got out of hand.
“I’m proud of the way we stuck up for each other, despite the way we played and the end result.”
Toronto had previously rattled off five straight wins by a combined score of 26-7, so they can hopefully get back on track here.
Looking at the 4.25 for the Maple Leafs to oblige by exactly three goals.
Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Columbus finished strongly with three goals in the final period to secure a welcome 6-4 success versus San Jose.
The Blue Jackets used their speed and stamina to good effect, with Adam Boqvist hitting a double while Andrew Peeke and Alexandre Texier also had two points.
“I think we’re a very annoying team to play against,” said Boqvist. “We use our speed a lot on the forecheck.
“When we don’t do it, I think it’s pretty easy to play against us. We have to be annoying every night and then it’s fun to play.”
Producing the same energy on the road has proved a problem, though, highlighted by a 4-7-0 away record.
Head coach Brad Larsen commented: “I want us to be that relentless, tenacious team and we just haven’t been able to do that.”
For us, Toronto’s all-round game is just too strong, with a high-powered forward line backed up by a defence which was in the top three before the weekend woes.
The second period could be crucial here, with the Maple Leafs 29-22 up in that section this term and Columbus 22-31 down.
Let’s add 10.5 for a 4-1 scoreline overall.
Winnipeg 6-3 TORONTO
COLUMBUS 6-4 San Jose
Head-to-head: Toronto 0-3 Columbus, Columbus 3-4 Toronto, Columbus 4-3 Toronto, Toronto 3-0 Columbus
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