Toronto Maple Leafs (37-26-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (34-23-15)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +135 / Toronto Maple Leafs -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in game three of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a victory here to take a 2-1 series lead. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging one goal 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 Alexandre Texier has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up two goals on 66 shots faced.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for back-to-back victories to take a nice 2-1 series lead. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with one goal, Zach Hyman has one assist and John Tavares has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up one goal on 55 shots faced.
The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-13 in their last 17 overall. The under is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs should be the pick here based on their offensive firepower and the fact they've won five of the last eight meetings against the Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets have also been horrible in the underdog role lately. However, I'm looking at the under in this spot. We've seen both teams shutout already in this series and we've seen four of the last five meetings produce five or less goals. The under is also 10-0 if you combine the Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs last 10 games. Give me the under 5.5 goals in what is going to be a crucial game three.