Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 8/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 8/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (35-23-16) at Toronto Maple Leafs (38-26-10)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -145 / Columbus Blue Jackets +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Sunday in game five of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.  

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance to close out the series and advance to the next round of the playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.25 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with three goals, Cam Atkinson has three assists and Zach Werenski has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.50 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up five goals on 81 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed four goals on 74 shots.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have a chance to close out the series and advance to the next round of the playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 2.50 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with two goals, Mitchell Marner has four assists and John Tavares has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.25 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up eight goals on 136 shots faced.

The Blue Jackets are 3-9 in their last 12 games as an underdog, 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 5-14 in their last 19 overall. The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win and 0-7 in their last 7 Sunday games. The under is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Maple Leafs last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Toronto. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets had their chances to advance to the next round in game four and ended up blowing a 3-0 lead, the same deficit they came back from in game three. This has been a crazy series. As for who advances, I have to lean toward the Maple Leafs, the team that's had the most scoring chances in this series and has all the momentum after a confidence boosting victory in game four. The Blue Jackets were likely thinking about their next opponent in the second period of their last contest, and now they have to get back up and put together another strong effort. It's not easy.

Give me the Toronto Maple Leafs to advance to the next playoff series.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -145

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