NHL Betting: Toronto will leave Columbus feeling blue

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders put on a riotous play-off series earlier in the year when 43 goals were scored across six games. 

Over 5.5 goals has been set at 1.88 for that trend to continue tonight. Neither club has slowed over the summer and are putting up over three goals a night. 

Early signs suggest that Pittsburgh look set to dominate the Metro Division with three from three against their rivals. The Isles are more than willing to go toe-to-toe offensively with the high powered Pens but they are sometimes exposed as too cavalier for their own good. 

This much was clear on Tuesday when they scored two goals inside five minutes and ended up on the losing side. Although they failed to make it happen on Monday they were unfortunate to lose out when outshooting Colorado 33-14. Once again take the Penguins with a -1.5 handicap at 2.45.

It's been a good week for Columbus with a pair of wins and an improvement in the performances of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from solid to great. Against Toronto and Phil Kessel he'll have to stay sharp. 

David Clarkson is free to make his debut for the Leafs after serving a 10 game suspension for clearing the bench to fight in a pre-season game. The wing provides a presence around the net and also in the hitting game. 

An often missed part of Toronto's lineup is the offensive talent on their blueline: Cody Franson is racking up assists, supremely gifted rookie Morgan Rielly is bedding in nicely and Dion Phaneuf continues to improve his all around contribution. 

Those guys are a big factor in Toronto's powerplay efficiency and killing penalties is a weakness of the Blue Jackets that Randy Carlyle will be targeting. 

Only a loss in Chicago dents their road record, I'm backing the Leafs to pull through in this one.

Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to win at 2.70

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