Columbus Blue Jackets (34-22-15) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-26-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -159 / Columbus Blue Jackets +128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Tuesday in game two of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance to take control of this series with a victory here and a 2-0 lead. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with one goal, Nick Foligno has one assist and Oliver Bjorkstrand has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing zero goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up zero goals on 28 shots faced.
The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to even up this series at 1-1 heading into game three on Thursday. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging zero goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with six shots on goal, Tyson Barrie has four shots on goal and Jake Muzzin has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up one goal on 35 shots faced.
The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 4-12 in their last 16 overall. The Maple Leafs are 7-2 in their last 9 Tuesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall. The under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have now won the last two meetings against the Toronto Maple Leafs and have held them scoreless in the last five quarters. The pace of play usually slows down in the playoffs and defense usually rules, and that's where the Blue Jackets have a major advantage in this series. The Maple Leafs are certainly capable of breaking out of this slump, but we're getting plus money with the more balanced and disciplined team. I'll take it.