Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 8/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 8/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (37-26-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (34-23-15)

NHL Hockey: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +126 / Toronto Maple Leafs -156 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in game four of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Scotiabank Arena on Friday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to rebound after going down 2-1 in the series with a 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus on Thursday. Cody Ceci opened the scoring for Toronto with just over a minute to go in the opening period short-handed and William Nylander and Nick Robertson would push the lead to 3-0 early in the second period with goals 1:40 apart. Pierre-Luc Dubois would get Columbus on the board less than three minutes later before Seth Jones cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the third before Dubois scored his second of the game to tie the game at three just past the midway point of the final period. The rest of the 3rd solved nothing, so it was off to overtime where Dubois helped Columbus complete the comeback, finishing off his hat trick with just under two minutes to go in the first overtime period with the first playoff hat trick in Blue Jackets franchise history.

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Elvis Merzlikins got the win after stopping all 20 shots he faced in relief of Joonas Korpisalo who gave up three goals on 14 shots before being pulled in the second period. Frederik Andersen took the loss for Toronto after allowing four goals on 44 shots faced in defeat.

Head-to-head, the favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and the under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the plus money is tempting as Columbus has all of the momentum after the overtime win, but I’m not sure I want to bet against Toronto with their backs against the wall. On the other hand, I’m not laying this kind of juice with the Leafs after the way that game three ended in heartbreak and now they have to play a back-to-back on a quick turnaround. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. In a game that could force a game five or close out the series, neither side will want to be the first to blink or make a mistake and I think we see another tight, close game so I’ll side with the under here.

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Chris’s Pick Under 5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.