Planning on watching today's Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets game? Catch the action at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Blue Jackets hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Maple Leafs come into this Eastern conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 7 goals.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Blue Jackets winning this game by a score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+165)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Toronto Pull Off A Win at Nationwide Arena?

The Maple Leafs come in with an overall record of 17-9-6. On the road, Toronto has a 8-3-4 record, whereas they are 9-6-2 at home. Their current record places them 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 7th in the Eastern conference.

Toronto is 9-23 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 4-11 compared to 5-12 at home. The average goal total for Toronto's games is sitting at 7.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Maple Leafs come in with an over/under record of 18-13-1.

Across their last three road contests, Toronto has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 4 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Maple Leafs come in averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, which is 7th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 17th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs have a 7-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 9-5 record.

Toronto's leading scorer is Auston Matthews. So far, he has 28 goals which is 1st in the NHL. Matthews also comes into the game with 14 assists.

The Blue Jackets' defense comes into the game with a ranking of 19th in takeaways and an average of 6 takeaways per contest. They hold 3rd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.4 goals given up per game.

Goalie Ilya Samsonov gets the start and has made 14 starts this season. His record at this point is 5-2, and his save percentage is 0.5151515151515151%.

Can the Blue Jackets Lock in a Home Win?

This season, the Blue Jackets have an overall record of 11-19-7. On the road, Columbus holds a 4-9-4 mark, and they are 7-10-3 when playing at home. They are currently positioned 8th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 15th in the Eastern conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Columbus has a 22-14 record. On the road they are 12-4 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is10-10. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Columbus is 6.8. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 20-15-1.

The Blue Jackets are 3-0 puck line in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.

On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 13th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 12th in the league. In terms of the Blue Jackets' offense during power plays, they are 25th in power play goals and 32nd in shorthanded goals.

Columbus' current leading scorer is Boone Jenner. This season, he has 13 goals, which puts him 51st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Jenner has 5 assists this season.

The Blue Jackets' defense comes into the game with a ranking of 19th in takeaways and an average of 6 takeaways per contest. They hold 3rd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.4 goals given up per game.

Entering the game, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 22 games this season. His current record stands at 7-8, and his save percentage is 0.9444444444444444%.