Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (-155) Blue Jackets (+135)
Scotiabank Arena is the site where Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) on Thursday. The series is tied 1-1. The Maple Leafs open this matchup at -155 while the Blue Jackets are coming in at +135. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Maple Leafs cover 50.7% of the time, having gone 35-34 SU. Columbus covers 47.1% of the time, going 33-37 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs come into the game with a record of 36 victories and 25 defeats, ranking them 3rd in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 237 goals which has them ranked at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +15, ranking them 9th in the NHL. The Maple Leafs currently have a total of 81 pts, which has them ranked at 11th in the NHL and 6th in the East. When it comes to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,302 which has them ranked at 2nd in the East and 4th in the NHL. As a group, Toronto has racked up a total of 1,127 hits which has them averaging 16.1 per game. They currently have a total of 779 blocks for the season. Looking after the net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen from Barrie, Ontario. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 3,007 mins minding the net for the year. Andersen is allowing an average of 2.85 goals per contest which has him ranking 18th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 37th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 143 goals. His save % is .909 which has him ranking 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Maple Leafs were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 0 victory over the Blue Jackets in Game 2. The Maple Leafs had an average offensive performance in the win. In the game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 39 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Toronto earned 10 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs was 49 and the Corsi against was 35 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 58.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against was 24, which means they earned a rate of 60.7%. They won 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 63.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 110.7 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets tallied 20 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 12 penalty mins and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Blue Jackets will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 33 victories and 22 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they currently sit 11th in the East and 21st in the NHL with -3. They currently have a total of 180 goals for the season which has them ranked at 15th in the conference. Columbus has a save % as a team of .913 which currently has them sitting 4th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.9% ranking them 15th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having an average year by giving up 2.60 goals against average and that ranks him 10th among East goaltenders and 17th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,126 mins he has been on the ice, he has given up 92 goals. He holds a save percentage of .911, which has him placed 15th among East goaltenders and 33rd in the NHL among goalies.
In Game 2 Columbus had a 41.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 35 and they surrendered a Corsi of 49. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 39.3% by earning a Fenwick of 24 and the Maple Leafs having a 37 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Columbus had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO was 89.3 and their oZS percentage was 36.0%. The Blue Jackets netted 0 goals out of the 20 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but were not able to net one. Concerning the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 5 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Columbus conceded 39 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs racked up a total of 10 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Columbus (+135) and under the total goals
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