Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/7/2020
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (-156) Blue Jackets (+126)
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Friday, August 7, 2020. The series is tied 1-1. The Blue Jackets open this game at +126 while the Maple Leafs are priced at -156. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Maple Leafs are covering 50.7% of the time, having gone 35-34 SU. The Blue Jackets are covering 47.1% of the time, going 33-37 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs head into this game holding a record of 36 wins and 25 losses, which is good for 3rd in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 237 goals which has them sitting at 2nd in the East and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +15, which is good for 9th in the league. The Maple Leafs have a total of 81 points, which has them sitting at 11th in the league and 6th in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have a total of 2,302 which has them sitting at 2nd in the conference and 4th in the league. As a team, Toronto currently has a total of 1,127 hits which means they have an average of 16.1 per contest. They have a total of 779 blocks for this year. The man in net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen from Barrie, Ontario. He is 30 years old and has totaled 3,007 mins protecting the net for the campaign. Andersen is conceding an average of 2.85 goals per game which has him ranking 18th among Eastern Conference goalies and 37th in the NHL. During this year, he's allowed 143 goals. He's earned a save % of .909 which has him ranking 17th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Maple Leafs were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 2. The Maple Leafs were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in this win. In the game, they netted 3 of the 39 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 5 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Toronto racked up a total of 10 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs sat at 49 and the Corsi against was 35 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 58.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against sat at 24, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 60.7%. They won 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 63.8% and they had a PDO of 110.7 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned 20 shots. They ended the game with 12 penalty minutes and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Blue Jackets will be the team across the ice and for the year they have 33 wins and 22 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the conference and 21st in the league with -3. They have earned a total of 180 goals for this season which has them at 15th in the East. Columbus has a save % as a team of .913 which has them sitting 4th in the league, meaning chances to score may be scarce. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.9% ranking them 15th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having an average season by allowing 2.60 goals per contest and that ranks him 10th among East goaltenders and 17th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,126 minutes he has been on the ice, he has allowed 92 goals. He holds a save percentage of .911, which places him at 15th among East goaltenders and 33rd in the NHL among goalies.
In Game 2 Columbus wound up with a 41.7% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 35 and they conceded a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick rate came in at 39.3% with a Fenwick of 24 and the Maple Leafs having earned a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Columbus played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 89.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 36.0%. The Blue Jackets notched 0 goals out of the 20 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. On the other side of the ice, the Maple Leafs had 5 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Columbus gave way to 39 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs earned a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto (-156)
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