Can’t wait till the match Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets on this Sunday night begins? Then warm up first with our preview and prediction now!
Best greeting! We have met again at another National Hockey League preview and prediction of us! This time, we will talk about the chance of winning for both two teams Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets in the August 9, 2020 game.
The game will be held at 8:00 PM EDT on this Sunday. As the final match of a five-game series, both teams will have to fight with their best in order to get into the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
So, which team is having the better advantages? Find out below now!
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds.
When it comes to the fifth match of the series, we can say that the power of both teams is near the same. With a tie 2-2 now, it is hard to say which team will have the chance to continue its journey. But on the positive side, hockey fans can expect an interesting match with many surprising things ahead! As this Sunday match is a deciding game, both Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets will have no choice but to pull out their strongest squad! The odds are now 50/50!
Columbus Blue Jackets have a lot of things to do with their defense.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were so near to the victory of the five-game series when they led their opponent with a 3-0 scale after the first three halves. However, things have gone wrong with the Blue Jackets’ defensive part. In detail, they started losing focus and made many terrible mistakes. Taking advantage of this, the Toronto Maple Leafs players have increased the offensive speed and played very well. As a result, they scored three goals to balance the scale before ending up with a victory in the overtime.
After this bad result, the Colombus Blue Jackets will have to make a team meeting to fix this issue. The game on this Sunday night will be an important match. Therefore, no mistake is allowed to happen again. Otherwise, the next Playoffs round ticket will fall into the Maple Leafs’s hands.
After our stats, Columbus is not a strong team at the offensive point. In the 2019/2020 regular season, this team’s average scores were only 2.57 goals per a single game. And things are even worse in this five-game series, as their average scores are just 2.25 goals for each match.
On the other hand, the Blue Jackets seem to play quite well on the defensive part, as they have held their rival to 2.61 goals in each game. In fact, this record can even be better if they have not allowed the Maple Leafs to score 7 times in the last 2 matches.
At this moment, the whole Columbus Blue Jackets can put their trust on Cam Atkinson – the big player who leads the team in the Playoffs after 2 successful scores and 3 beautiful assists. Besides Cam Atkinson, the player Pierre-Luc Dubois is also a remarkable name, as he has scored 3 times and assisted 1 time in this 2019/2020 Playoffs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will fight to the very end.
In spite of the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs have completed the 2019/2020 regular season with a better place than the Blue Jackets, they could not keep up the good form and lost the first match to Columbus. Also, the team has seemed to have no hope anymore, after losing the second game on Thursday (August 6) and letting the Blue Jackets lead 3-0 after the third period on Friday (August 7).
However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have proven one thing that they are not easy to be defeated. With enough skills, patience, and luck, the whole team has managed to tie up the five-game series (2-2) after winning the last game in the overtime. And of course, on this Sunday night, they will fight with their best to the very end.
Unlike their rival – Columbus Blue Jackets, the Toronto Maple Leafs belong to one of the best offensive teams in the NHL, as they have made 3.39 scores per match on average. However, in this five-game series, the average is just 2.5 goals (less than the 3.39 goals in the regular season). Thus, the Maple Leafs will need to improve their offense much if they want to get into the next Playoffs round.
Additionally, the Toronto will require a new strategy for its defensive part as well. In our stats, the whole team has allowed its opponents to score 3.17 goals on average. To be honest, this is a very terrible result. So, without an improvement, they will not be able to go far on this 2020 Stanley Cup, even when they beat the Columbus on Sunday.
About the lineup, the Maple Leafs can bet on Auston Matthews. This man is now leading the whole team in the Playoffs after scoring 2 times and making 4 impressive assists. Plus, Mitch Marner with 4 assists and William Nylander with 2 scores and 2 assists will also be 2 players who have the trust from the Toronto fans.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.
The series are now stopping at a tie (2-2). Therefore, we can not surely tell which team will be the winner. But in our opinion, the Blue Jackets are having some issues with their defense. Plus, the team is not good at attacking as well. At the same time, Toronto is known as one of the best offensive teams of the 2019/2020 league. And they have just beaten the Columbus on Friday. So their spirit will be at the highest! Due to these reasons, the Maple Leafs may come out to be victorious!
If you have other thoughts than ours, then give them at the comment below! We will see who has better predictions!
And now, our article will end! Thanks for reading!