Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets 08/06/20 - Odds and NHL Betting Trends

Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets 08/06/20 - Odds and NHL Betting Trends

It's right back into the fire, with Game 4 scheduled for 8 PM EST this evening.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a hat trick, including the overtime victor, as the Columbus Blue Jackets came back from 3-0 down to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime.

Nutivaara is part of what many consider a deeper defence than Toronto can fill as this best-of-five series goes along, especially losing a player of Muzzin's stature.

The Blue Jackets weren't really taken seriously after Game 1 and, as you can see in the table above, they were nearly written off after an underwhelming Game 2.

Cody Ceci, William Nylander, and Robertson scored for the Maple Leafs. They are averaging 3.5 goals against the Blue Jackets this season and need to keep it up if they want to get the win.

Shut out in Game 1 by Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo, and with an impatient fan base wringing its hands at the thought of another early post-season exit, the Leafs got goals from Auston Matthews and captain John Tavares in a textbook victory on Tuesday, beating the Jackets 3-0 at Scotiabank Arena. Merzlikins stopped all 21 shots he faced.

Columbus center Pierre-Luc Dubois cross-checked Muzzin behind the Toronto net, and the blue-liner then appeared to hit his head on the leg of Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand. Seemingly on their way to a huge win without injured top defenceman the Leafs let Columbus back in to take control of the best-of-five, leaving less than a Day to recover for Game 4. With lynchpin defenceman Jake Muzzin out for the series, Keefe will promote Martin Marincin to the active roster, but plans to start with Travis Dermott in Muzzin's spot beside Justin Holl and maybe use Rasmus Sandin as a seventh blueliner at the expense of a fourth-line forward.

Toronto opened the scoring with 68 seconds left in the first while killing a Dermott penalty when Ceci blasted a shot from well out that looked to be going wide, but instead struck the skate of Jones and pinballed past Korpisalo.

The change in net seemed to spark the Jackets, as Dubois scored his first goal less than three minutes after Merzlikins entered the game.

The Jackets' power play had been just as ineffective as Toronto's big guns coming into Game 3.

This time though, you have the chance to watch it all go down live on a massive 40-foot screen, during a drive-in viewing party at OLG Play Stage in Ontario Place.

Robertson continued the barrage 1:40 later when he took a feed from Kapanen and ripped his first National Hockey League goal through Korpisalo from the left circle.

Maple Leafs D-man and Woodstonian Jake Muzzin is back at the team's hotel after leaving the ice in a stretcher last night.

"What happens in their end is useless to think about", said Andersen, who had two post-season shutouts when he was a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Leafs did take three penalties in Game 2 and were able to kill off all of them thanks in part to Muzzin's play.

They won nearly half of the faceoffs (led by Riley Nash, 11 of 20), they were whistled for only two minor penalties, the skaters combined for 20 blocked shots, and Columbus outshot Toronto 43-36 (with each team's defense providing 13 of the shots).

"Just erase it", urged Marner, though it's easier said than done.

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