Toronto Maple Leafs (25-10-2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (22-12-3) Live | NHL Hockey on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Nationwide Arena.
The powerful Toronto Maple Leafs hope to resume the same as before the holidays, visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Toronto leads a four-game winning streak in which they scored 23 goals and at least five goals in each win.
Mitch Marner, who leads the Maple Leafs with 50 points, stayed out of Sunday’s overtime victory by 5-4 over Detroit, after scoring six goals and three assists in four games. John Tavares scored two points in each competition (four goals, four assists in total) in Toronto’s winning streak and scored four of his last five games. Columbus enters with a streak of five consecutive wins and points in seven straight games (6-0-1), the season’s biggest result, after a 4-3 overtime victory over the Rangers in New York on Thursday.
TV: 7 pm ET, Sportsnet Ontario (Toronto), FS Ohio (Columbus)
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Odds Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +106 / Toronto Maple Leafs -137 — Over/Under: 6
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets: News
THE MAPLE LEAFS (25-10-2):
Tavares, who has dominated the club with 24 goals, has not played a game since December 1 and 4. He has scored seven in his last nine meetings at plateau 300. The 28-year-old remained meaningless in consecutive games only once in his first season with Toronto (October 18 and 20). Defender Morgan Rielly has three goals and six assists in the team’s winning streak and has scored at least one point in 11 of his last 12 games (four goals, 13 assists).
THE BLUE JACKETS (22-12-3):
Artemi Panarin made a decisive pass on Thursday, which gave him six points in his last three games, but he had a goal of less than 100 for his career. Cam Atkinson, who leads the team with 23 goals, failed to score against the Rangers after scoring four goals in a three-game series. At age 29, Columbus has scored five goals in the power play and is tied with Panarin for first place in the club with five wins.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Betting Line
- Maple Leafs Auston Matthews scored three goals and four assists in the team’s winning streak.
- Columbus RW Oliver Bjorkstrand scored goals one after the other after scoring a goal in his last 15 games.
- Rielly came on Thursday with 31% of the NHL defenders.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Prediction
Maple Leafs 5, Blue Jackets 2