Only one NHL match is on schedule this night until Tuesday, Swedish time, but thankfully it’s a match worth settling for. After a weekend filled with playoff football on the other side of the Atlantic, we can focus on ice hockey again. 01:00 is the release.
In advance, these two fairly even teams are set to the table, with Toronto Maple Leafs at 52 points and Columbus Blue Jackets one point behind. However, it is Toronto Maple Leafs who impressed more, not least with 141 goals ahead which is fourth best in the entire league. With two straight victories, it may also be that the team is back in the winning race.
Columbus Blue Jackets blends and gives and has very hard to find that obvious win style. On the other hand, a final playground is within reach and that is where we assume that the team has its goal for the remaining parts of this basic series.
Straight game in focus
As before, there are a couple of injuries to keep in mind for the home team. On the other hand, players who made the team used to be able to do without. Nikita Zaitsev, Nikita Soshnikov and Joffrey Lupul will not play this meeting.
Obviously, it is for the guests who have a couple of really heavy offensive breaks in Alexander Wennberg, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson. Furthermore, Ryan Murray is also unavailable due to an upper body injury.
On the whole, Toronto Maple Leafs feels like a more complete team and our feeling is that they, as home teams, may be favorites here. We think we will be playing here, while Toronto Maple Leafs will surely chase after the loss of Columbus Blue Jacket last.
Our Prediction: Toronto Maple Leafs win @ 2.05