The Columbus Blue Jackets (+260) will be hoping to halt their losing streak when they are on the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (-320) at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. The total is 6.5 (O: -110, U: -110)The teams meet for their second consecutive game against each other.
Toronto (32-13-8) defeated the Blue Jackets (15-33-4) 3-0 yesterday. John Tavares was the leading goal scorer for the Maple Leafs, netting twice. Ilya Samsonov had a dominant performance with 30 saves to record his second shutout of the season.
Columbus is averaging 2.50 goals per game for the season, 30th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Maple Leafs team that is allowing 2.64 goals a game (6th).
Meanwhile, Toronto has found the net 3.36 times a game on average, ninth in the league, and the Blue Jackets are allowing opponents to score 3.85 goals per game (30th).
Columbus averages fewer shots (28.8) than most teams in the league, ranking 28th, while the team’s 8.8% shooting percentage is 31st. Toronto’s average of 32.0 attempts ranks 16th.
The Blue Jackets’ 16.30% power play percentage is the fifth-lowest in the league, while the Maple Leafs rank sixth with a conversion rate of 25.00%.
In terms of defending power plays, Toronto has the league’s 14th-ranked PK% at 80.37%, while Columbus is 20th at 76.83%.
With 49 points this season, Johnny Gaudreau is the top skater for the Blue Jackets. He has 14 goals and 35 assists in 52 games. In the net, Joonas Korpisalo (8-9-3) is Columbus’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.35 GAA and a .906% save percentage.
Mitchell Marner and William Nylander lead the Maple Leafs in scoring with 62 and 59 points, respectively. Marner has 19 goals and 43 assists (8th) in 53 games, while Nylander has 28 goals and 31 assists. Samsonov (17-6-2) has the best goals against average for Toronto at 2.42. He has a save percentage of .913%.
HOME AND AWAY
Columbus is 4-17-2 on the road this season. Toronto is 20-5-4 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Over 6.5 (-110)
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