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Blue Jackets vs Maple Leafs 8/2/20 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds & Info

Game Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date & Time Sunday August 2, 2020, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Arena Scotiabank Arena, 40, Bay Street, Spadina—Fort York, Old Toronto, Peel, Golden Horseshoe, Ontario, M5J 2X2, Canada
Latest odds
TOR -150 ; O/U 6
TV Channel
NBCSN

On Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of a best of five qualifying series as the NHL restarts. Columbus was decimated by injuries prior to the NHL season being suspended but most of those players have recovered and are ready to play against the Maple Leafs on Sunday. Seth Jones, Zach Werenski and Cam Atkinson all missed significant playing time because of injuries and will all be back in uniform for the Blue Jackets on Sunday.

The leading scorer for Columbus is Pierre-Luc Dubois who has scored 49 points in 70 games. In two games head-to-head during the season with the Maple Leafs the 22-year-old scored one goal. Goaltending for the Blue Jackets has been one of their strengths all season. Joonas Korpisalo is 19-12-5 in net with a goals against average of 2.60. However, he was injured and replaced by rookie Elvis Merzlikens who posted a record of 13- 9-8 with a goals-against average 2.35. 

Although this is considered a play-in series it is nonetheless a playoff series and Toronto has not won one since 2004. The Maple Leafs have plenty of offense led by Auston Matthews who scored 47 goals and accumulated 80 points in 70 games for Toronto this season. In two head-to-head battles with Columbus, Matthews scored two goals and added one assist. Mitch Marner has played well for the Maple Leafs against Columbus scoring two goals and adding two assists. On the season, Marner has 16 goals and 51 assists.

In net, Frederick Anderson will start for the Maple Leafs. The net minder was 29-13-7 with a goals-against average of 2.85 and a save percentage .909 when the season was halted in March. Although the goals-against average was somewhat high for the Maple Leafs netminder, the Toronto defense has had its problems throughout the season and the Maple Leafs have had to outscore their opponents instead of holding them scoreless or just to one or two goals per game. 

Recent Betting Trends

  • Columbus is 3-12 in its last 15
  • The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Blue Jackets last 5
  • Toronto is 4-1 in its last 5 versus Eastern Conference opponents
  • The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Maple Leafs last 5

Free NHL Pick:

Toronto Maple Leafs -150

Toronto has plenty of offensive power with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner leading the way and returning from the break will grab a first game victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have players back on the ice that have recovered from injuries but will not have had much time to gel as a unit. In addition, Joonas Korpisalo will be playing for the first time in goal for Columbus during playoffs. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 4-2.

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