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Leafs aim for third home win in a row vs Blue Jackets

The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the lone NHL game tonight. The Leafs are in the midst of a six-game homestand and have won two in a row at the Air Canada Centre. Getting their third consecutive win could prove difficult with the Jackets in town as the Leafs are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games vs Columbus.

SHARK BITES
  • The Leafs are 6-2 SU in their last eight games at home vs teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Blue Jackets’ last seven games with no days off between games.
  • Auston Matthews has 19 goals this season and leads the Leafs with 33 points.

Columbus is coming off a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night at home but has struggled in the last few weeks. The Blue Jackets are 2-4 SU in their last six games and 1-6 SU in their last seven road games. Getting consistent goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky has kept them in contention in the Eastern Conference as he ranks 11th in GAA (2.41) and 14th in save percentage (.921).

His performance has also translated to the Jackets being ranked in the top 10 in goals allowed per game at 2.7. Where Bobrovsky can’t influence much is on the offensive end as Columbus ranks 27th in goals per game at 2.63 and has only managed three goals in its last four games.

The Leafs should be plenty rested after having three days off between contests. If bettors are considering taking Toronto tonight, stick to the moneyline. The Leafs are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games at home with their past two games having to be decided by a shootout.

For totals bettors, the OVER may be a decent option. The total opened at 5.5 and the OVER has hit in four of the last five in this matchup, including in their first game this season on December 20 in Columbus.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Maple Leafs currently sport a record of 25-16-2. The Columbus Blue Jackets are 24-16-3. Betting totals have seen the Maple Leafs post a 20-19-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blue Jackets have gone 19-24 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Columbus injuries news.

The OddsShark NHL Power Rankings have the Maple Leafs at No. 12 and the Blue Jackets at No. 22 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Toronto Maple Leafs' No. 6-ranked offense (3.28 goals per game) against a Columbus Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.77 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs power play has clicked at a 20.97% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 80.17% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Columbus was a 3-2 winner at home against the Panthers. Bettors on Columbus at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Toronto won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Canucks on January 6. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at -213 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games
  • Columbus is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Toronto is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus at Buffalo, Thursday, January 11
Toronto home to Ottawa, Wednesday, January 10

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