NHL Free Pick | Maple Leafs at Blue Jackets

Game: Toronto Maple Leafs (15-7, 11-11 ATS) at Columbus Blue Jackets (12-7-2, 11-10 ATS)

When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 23, 2018

Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Current Line: TOR +105 CBJ -125 Total: 6

TV Coverage: TSN4, FS Ohio


After a day off for Thanksgiving, the NHL has a full slate of games for this holiday Friday with 15 games slated. There are some great games scheduled, none more exciting than when the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to play the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets currently sit atop the Metropolitan division, tied with the Rangers with 26 points, while the Maple Leafs are trailing only the Lightning and Predators for top spot in the league with 30 points.

The Leafs are one of the hottest teams in the league and are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup on most online sportsbooks future odds lists. Click here for an updated list of NHL Futures for the Stanley Cup winner. Toronto had won 4 in a row before they lost to Carolina on Wednesday night, and has won seven of their last 9.

The Blue Jackets haven’t played since they lost to Toronto on Monday, but had won 3 in a row prior to that loss. They are 6-2-2 in their last 10, but have a better road record, at 7-3, than they do at home with a 5-4-1 record.

The Maple Leafs are 2-0-1 in their last 3 against the Jackets, with the total 1-1-1. However, the last 9 times the Leafs played in Columbus, they are 3-6 SU, with the total going OVER in 4 of the last 5 there.

Anytime you get the Leafs as an underdog with a + next to their moneyline odds, you have to consider taking them. They are one of the best all-around teams in the league, with 3 solid lines and a goaltender than can win games on his own.

NHL Free Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs ML +105

Free pick by Joe Berra

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