Randy Carlyle prepared a competitive starting formation for the match against Anaheim and ending the winning streak of his former team. Now Toronto travels to Columbus trying to prevent them from putting together three consecutive victories, and he will most likely use the same players.
Bet: Toronto Moneyline
Odds: Winner Sports 2.05
The only addition to their starting formation is going to be David Clarkson who returns after a ten-game suspension following the incidents caused in the match against Buffalo. The hockey player lost his temper against the Sabres and caused a fight that got him suspended for almost a month, but he is now fit to play and expected to feature up front. There are no changes to make in the back line and no fitness problems that could hold the Maple Leafs back, but their temperamental players need to avoid suspension.
Toronto sits on the second place in the Eastern conference but they could be steal lead it, had they stuck to their physical hockey and avoid unnecessary brawls. On the bright side, the Maple Leafs also have one of the league’s best power-play unit so if players from both teams get suspended, Toronto will have the upper hand. Columbus won two games in a row but they still have a losing record this season and their inability to defend the goalkeeper properly is the main reason for these mediocre results.
The Maple Leafs feel much better when they have home ice advantage, but they’ll have to do without it tonight when they travel to Columbus. They clearly have the better team, a morale boosted by the recent victory over Anaheim and David Clarkson returns on the ice, so overall it is worth backing them to win at odds of 2.05 with Winner Sports, including overtime and penalties.