Pre-Game Analysis: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

December 3rd, 2009 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »

Well, darn it if I didn't almost nail it the other night. I just had the order wrong in the prediction. I predicted the Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ) would win, 4-3, in the shootout. I'm getting closer, much like the CBJ, but I'd really like to get those two proverbial points, rather than settling for one in overtime or a shootout.

That being said, here's another shameless stab at pregame prognostications...for entertainment purposes only (like you'd actually rely on my swag).



The edge definitely goes to Columbus, although the Leafs have been turning up their offense lately. Well, as offensively-impaired as the Leafs are, there was only one way to go. The CBJ are still ranked 9th with 2.97 goals/game, whereas the Leafs are ranked 20th, with 2.60 goals/game.

Much like the CBJ, the bulk of Toronto's goal-scoring comes from their forwards, with currently red-hot Niklas Hagman leading the way with 13 markers, and Phil Kessel coming on since returning from his early-season injury. Overall, their leading point-getter is defenseman Tomas Kaberle, with 26 points in 26 games, 24 of them on assists.

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