Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(36-34-9) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (33-37-15)
Date: Thursday, August 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Toronto -155 Columbus +110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will take the ice on Thursday in game three of their best of five series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The series is now knotted up at a game each following a 3-0 win by Toronto on Tuesday. The game will be played in Toronto, Ontario.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Frederik Andersen will be the man between the pipes for Toronto on Thursday. Andersen is sitting at 29-13-7 on the season with a 2.85 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
The Leafs have been able to fire an average of 32.9 shots per game on the season, resulting in an average of 3.39 goals.
A key for Thursday will be Toronto skating tough when they are a man down. They have a 77.7 penalty kill percentage on the season which isn’t exactly horrible, but when they are bad, they have been very bad this year.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Elvis Merzlikins will be in the net for Columbus. On the season, he has gone 13-9-8 with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage. The Blue Jackets have been able to put the puck in the net for an average of 2.57 goals per game this year on an average of 32.5 shots.
Columbus hasn’t been known for lighting up the scoreboard this year but when they have been able to defend the net, the Jackets are very difficult to beat.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Under is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 games as a favorite.
- Under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall.
- Under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 playoff games as an underdog.
- Under is 9-3 in Blue Jackets last 12 vs. Atlantic.
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Prediction:
I like this game staying under five and a half goals. Both of these goalies have been solid in the net. The series is currently tied up at a game each and both teams were able to hold the other scoreless in their win.
I’m not sure if either team is kept out of the net on Thursday, but I do see it being another low scoring affair. My money is on the total staying under five and a half.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
**NOTE** – The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 in Florida and Toronto. The top four teams in both conferences will play a 3-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.
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