NHL Picks: Bet Maple Leafs over Blue Jackets

Ross Benjamin

Monday, March 3, 2014 4:55 PM GMT

Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 4:55 PM GMT

The Maple Leafs host the Blue Jackets on Monday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with the opening puck drop slated for 7:05 PM ET. Who should we be backing with our free picks here?

According to the NHL betting odds the Maple Leafs are a -130 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The road team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings between these teams. Columbus has won both games versus Toronto this year, including 6-0 in their last meeting on November 25th at The Air Canada Centre. Toronto is currently 4th in the Atlantic Division and 5th overall in the Eastern Conference. Columbus is 5th in the Metropolitan Division, and are 10th overall in the Eastern Conference.

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Jackets Time for Playoff Push

The Columbus Blue Jackets enter their final quarter of the regular season just 3-points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Jackets are coming off a 6-3 home win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Columbus is averaging 2.9 goals per game this season which is 7th best in the NHL. Columbus will be attempting to snap a 3-game road losing streak in tonight's game. The Jackets are 13-17 on the road versus the money line this season, and have earned at least 1-point in 16 of those 30 contests. Columbus has gone over the total in 14 of their last 20-games versus Eastern Conference opponents. They've won 6 of their last 7-games after scoring 5-goals or more in their previous game.

Lately Lights out at Home

The Toronto Maple Leafs enter tonight's home game having won 7 in a row at the Air Canada Centre. As a matter of fact they're 22-5 in their last 27 home games versus an opponent with a money line losing record on the season. Toronto has gone under the total in just 5 of their last 23-games overall. The Leafs are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 9th best in the NHL, and they're 4th on the power play converting 21.4% of their man advantages opportunities. Since resuming play after the Olympic break, the Leafs have dropped a pair of overtime games on the road, coming at the hands of the Islanders and the Canadiens. The Leafs have earned at least 1-point in 8 of the last 9, and 14 of their last 16-games.

NHL Betting System

Any team that's playing with same season revenge stemming from a home loss by 4-goals or more, and they're coming off a road loss to a division opponent, has gone 43-23 (65.2%) over the last 18 seasons. Take Toronto -130 over Columbus for your hockey picks.

NHL Pick: Toronto -130 over Columbus

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