Capper Suggest NHL Pick on 'Over' in Blue Jackets/Maple Leafs

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 9, 2015 2:27 PM GMT

Do you want to know what the best NHL totals value on the board is on Friday? We have the answer and the reasons why, in this insightful NHL betting preview article on tonight’s Columbus/Toronto game.

NHL Totals Value in Columbus/Toronto Clash
The Toronto Maple Leafs will entertain the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday at 7:35 PM ET. Our focus will be on the total in this game. According to the NHL odds at Pinnacle, the total in this contest is posted at 6.0.

 

Columbus Totals Report
The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen just one of their previous six games go under the total. They’ve scored 3-goals or more in each of their previous 5-games, and are averaging 4.0 goals per outing during that time frame. The Jackets will be facing an opponent (Toronto) tonight that’s allowing an average of 34.2 shots on goal per game. Columbus has seen 7 of 8-games this season go over the total when going against a team that allows an average of 29.5 shots or more on goal per contest. Those 8-games averaged 6.8 combined goals scored. Sergie Bobrovsky is slated to be in goal tonight for Columbus, and he’s posted a subpar .888 save percentage during his last 4-starts.

 

Toronto Totals Report
Toronto Maple is coming off a 6-2 home loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals in their previous game. The Leafs have gone over the total in 8 of 9 at home this season after allowing 4-goals or more in their previous game. Those contests averaged a combined 8.0 goals per game being scored. As a matter of fact, Toronto has gone over the total in each of their previous four home games, and there was an average of 9.0 goals per outing scored. The Leafs will be facing an opponent (Columbus) tonight with a winning percentage of .474. They’ve seen 19 of 28 go over the total during the past two seasons when facing an opponent with a less than .500 winning percentage. James Reimer is the listed probable starting goaltender tonight for Toronto, and he’s compiled a less than impressive .886 save percentage over his last four starts.

 

Final Analysis
It’s very rare these days to see a NHL total posted at 6.0. Hopefully by reading the prior two paragraphs, I’ve given you a better idea as to why this number is so high. I’m going to use an old boxing catchphrase, “styles make fights”, and that’s an analogy which is very applicable for this game tonight. I like this one to be a high scoring entertaining contest, and one of my NHL picks for Friday will be indicative of just that.

NHL Pick: Columbus and Toronto to go over the total of 6.0 at Pinnacle.