There’s only one game on the NHL schedule tonight. So for today’s NHL gambling bet of the night, we don’t have much of a choice, but with Columbus as the dog, we feel confident about our dog.

If you’re new to our NHL gambling bet of the night segment let me explain what happens. Every weekday, Ridin Pine will pick a single dog that we think can win. And recently, we’ve been keeping score of our success rates.

So, seeing as there’s only a single game on the schedule (Columbus Blue Jackets away to the Toronto Maple Leafs), we’re restricted in what dog we can pick. But with Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes we’re confident we can get a second ‘W’ in a row and boost our success rate to 60%.

Bet Of The Night

cbj[+150] Record: 24-16-3, Road Record: 9-9-3, Form (Last 5):

CBJ 0-5 TBL CBJ 2-1 DAL CBJ 4-5 PIT CBJ 0-2 COL CBJ 3-2 FLA

tor[-170] Record : 25-16-2, Home Record : 13-6-0, Form (Last 5) :

TOR 3-4 COL TOR 3-6 VGK TOR 0-2 TBL TOR 3-2 SJS TOR 3-2 VAN

If there’s one thing that can stop a blisteringly hot offense like the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s an equally hot (if not hotter ) goalie. And after a little slip at the end of December, Sergei Bobrovsky is back to his Vezina trophy ways.

In his last two games of December, Bobrovsky put up an 0.857 save percentage. Actually through the money of December, Bobrvosky put up a save percentage above 0.900 only four times through 12 games. Absolute garbage.

But with the New Year came a new Bob. Through his last three contests he’s averaged a 0.949 SV% and 1.66 GAA. That’s some Vezina winning numbers.

So can he do it on the road against Toronto? Probably. While the buds still have one of the best offenses on paper, they haven’t been scoring in bunches lately. Through their last five games they’ve scored 12 goals, averaging just 2.4 per game. And that includes a three game home-stand.

So with a Maple Leafs team that isn’t connecting and a hot Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets should win tonight in the center of the hockey universe. (I heard you cringe).

Stats So Far (2/4) – 50%

On Friday we picked the Vegas Golden Knights to win on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks. We all know that Vegas is absolutely dynamite at home. With a 17-2-1 home record they’ve powered their way to the top of the West. But on the road, it’s a different story. The Golden Knights are 11-8-1 away from T-Mobile arena.

And the Blackhawks are good at home with a 11-6-2 record of their own. So putting the Golden Knights as the underdog made sense. But the Knights squeaked out a win in overtime.

And with the 5-4 OT win, our win ration jumped from 33% to 50%. It’s a small sample size with four games played, but we’re just outside of that vaulted 60% success rate.

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