2019-20 NHL – Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

What television channel is Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Columbus Blue Jackets

THE TEAM NEWS

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

  • Columbus Blue Jackets suffered overtime heartache for the second match in succession as they were edged out by New York Islanders and that defeat has seen their record slip to 3-3-2.
  • The Blue Jackets had to come from behind on two occasions but could not find a way to take the lead in a scoreless third period and it did not take long for the Islanders to retake the lead in overtime to condemn Columbus to the loss.
  • Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray has travelled with the team to Toronto which gives an indication that he may be fit enough to feature in this game after he was forced to sit out of the contest with the Islanders because of an upper body issue.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • Toronto Maple Leafs returned to winning ways as they made it three victories from their last four games when defeating Boston Bruins in a thrilling contest that required overtime to determine the winner.
  • The Maple Leafs twice held the lead in the game but when the Bruins tied the game up late in the third period they needed to show some character to retake the lead for a third time, and they did just that thanks to Mitchell Marner’s winner.
  • Toronto’s roster is looking thin and although Andreas Johnsson appears to have avoided a serious injury after he blocked a shot against Boston, he is still in doubt to feature in this game which could leave the Maple Leafs undermanned.

THE PREDICTION

Toronto Maple Leafs earned a solid win over Boston Bruins on Saturday and they will look to continue their impressive form as they host Columbus Blue Jackets. The road team have lost their last two games in overtime and must find a way to respond as a gap is already starting to develop at the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Maple Leafs have won four of the last five meetings with the Blue Jackets and picked up their most recent win against them at the start of October with Toronto likely to be too strong once again despite their injuries.

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