NHL Hockey Betting: Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Hockey Betting:  Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs

The NHL regular season is in its final week and as such we’re ‘treated’ to an utterly meaningles game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams are finishing up losing seasons though in Toronto’s case that was pretty much expected in head coach Mike Babcock’s first year at the helm. Columbus was hoping that this would be a rebound year after a disappointing 2014-2015 but it didn’t work out that way. Now the only thing they’re playing for is to avoid having the worst record in the Eastern Conference–if not the entire NHL.

Actually, Toronto might be OK with it. Ever since they started the full court press on shedding payroll and contracts the goal for the season became the future. And while having the worst record doesn’t *guarantee* that a team will get the top pick in the NHL draft (ask Buffalo about that) it does help from a probability standpoint. For awhile it looked like Toronto would be the worst worst team in the league with room to spare. Then they started to play hard despite an AHL level roster and started winning games. They enter this contest with a 4-6-0 record in their last ten games. That proves that Babcock is one hell of a coach since they sure don’t have the ‘on paper’ talent to compete with anyone. During this run they’ve also picked off a few superior teams with wins over Tampa Bay, Detroit, Anaheim and Florida.

Columbus has three regulation wins in their last 12 games. Sergei Bobrovsky has returned from injury but he’s struggling to regain his form. The team was actually playing better when 23 year old Joonas Korpisalo was the starting goalie while Bobrovsky and backup Curtis McIlhenney were both sidelined. The team originally sent Korpisalo back to the minors when Bobrovsky returned–they wanted to keep him busy–but he’s back up with the big time now that McIlhenney is out for the year.

Neither team anything to write home about at this point but I’ve generally been impressed with Toronto’s effort on a nightly basis. At any rate, there’s no reason we should be laying money with Columbus on the road.