Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 8/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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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 -155 / Columbus Blue Jackets +135 --- 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 a winner-take-all game five in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night.
The Toronto Blue Jackets will look to advance after forcing a game five with a miraculous win in game four by a final score of 4-3 in overtime.
Cam Atkinson opened the scoring for Columbus just under four minutes into the game and Vladislav Gavrikov pushed the lead to 2-0 less than five minutes into the second. Boone Jenner made it 3-0 Columbus with just under six minutes to go in the 3rd, looking like the series was wrapped up. However, Toronto pulled the goaltender with over four minutes to go and William Nylander would pull one back with 3:57 to play and John Tavares cut the deficit to 3-2 :51 later. Zach Hyman would tie the game at three with :23 to go and Auston Matthews would complete the comeback, scoring a power-play goal to give Toronto the win and force a game five.
Frederik Andersen got the win in goal for Toronto after stopping 36 of 39 shots faced in the win while Elvis Merzlikins ended up with the loss for the Blue Jackets after allowing 4 goals on 53 shots faced in defeat.
Columbus is 5-14 in their last 19 games overall and 3-9 in their last 12 games as an underdog while the under is 16-6 in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
This series has been back and forth and momentum’s shifted so much that game five can go any way. However, with that said, as much as these guys are professionals, you’d have to imagine that both Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins have had their confidence shaken up in the goal for Columbus after being shelled in game three and four with different results. Toronto has all of the momentum right now after their rally in game four and while it’s hard to conceive as a Toronto sports fan, I think the Leafs win the series and advance here. Give me Toronto and lay the juice.