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Blue Jackets Thriving With Bobrovsky in Net

There’s just a trio of games on the NHL schedule tonight but all three have serious playoff implications. The first on the slate features the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets with Toronto looking to leapfrog the idle Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division. Columbus has been jockeying for position in the crowded Metro with Pittsburgh and Washington and can draw even with the Caps on top of the division with a win tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blue Jackets are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games with 2 days off between games.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games as underdogs against the Blue Jackets.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Maple Leafs' last 7 games on the road.

Taking the first matchup against the Leafs in a 5-2 home win, the Jackets will seek to tip the three-game season series with Toronto in their favor. Oddsmakers opened the Jackets as the -145 favorites but they’d been bet up to a -160 fave at Bovada at the time of writing. Columbus has been great at Nationwide Arena all season, going 26-10 straight up in their home building while their starting goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, has posted a .939 save percentage in his 31 starts in Ohio.

The Leafs, though, are budding heading into the final stretch and they’ve now won five of their last seven games. If you eliminate the 7-2 outlier loss to the Panthers, the young Leafs have outscored their opponents 20-10 in their last six games despite being heavily outshot in the month of March.

With CBJ going for its fifth straight win this evening and with Officer Bobrovsky slamming the door shut on opponents all month (three shutouts), it’s tough to fade the Jackets here and you may want to look into their puckline that’s offering odds of around +200.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Columbus Blue Jackets as -145 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 2.8-2.7 win for the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Columbus Blue Jackets currently sport a record of 47-18-6. The Toronto Maple Leafs are 33-23-15. Betting totals have seen the Blue Jackets post a 29-37-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Maple Leafs have gone 31-38-2 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs Toronto injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Columbus Blue Jackets rated this week at No. 12 and the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting at No. 20.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Columbus's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.21 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 23 at 2.96 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 21.47% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 83.93% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Bruins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Maple Leafs at +113 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

The Blue Jackets were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at -154 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games
  • Toronto is 17-6 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Columbus is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Columbus is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games when playing Toronto

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to New Jersey, Thursday, March 23rd
Columbus at Washington, Thursday, March 23rd

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