Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Free Pick

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(The Spread) – Two teams heading in opposite directions meet on the ice tonight when the Blue Jackets host the Maple Leafs at 7:00PM ET.

TORONTO: The Leafs have won three of their last four including a 5-3 victory over the Devils on Wednesday night in New Jersey. That pushed Toronto’s record to 8-3-1-0 in the Northeast standings and the over to 8-4 in all of the Leafs’ games this season. Phil Kessel leads Toronto in points (20), plus/minus (+9) and shots (42) while Jonas Gustavsson has a team-high four wins.

COLUMBUS: The Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid with a 3-1 win over the Ducks on October 30. The victory was only Columbus’ second win of the year as the Jackets now sit at 2-9-0-1 for the season. The under has hit in seven of their 12 games this year as Rick Nash leads the team in both points (10) and shots (37).

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ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the host Blue Jackets as –117 money line favorites over the Maple Leafs, who are +108 on the ML. The over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.

FREE PICK: Take Columbus. According to latest NHL trends, the Maple Leafs are 22-50 in their last 72 games playing on zero days of rest and 1-4 in their last five games following a win. There’s no doubt Toronto is the superior team in this matchup but they’re working with tired legs and this is the final game of their three-game road stand. Look for the Leafs to stumble against the struggling Jackets tonight.

THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS –117

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