The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets square off on Sunday, August 2nd to open their five-game qualifying round series. The winner advances to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the loser is entered into the NHL Draft lottery.
The Maple Leafs enter the series as -182 favorites against the +148 Blue Jackets. This is the third largest qualifying round line at DraftKings Sportsbook. The teams split their two matchups this season. We are currently seeing 64 percent of total bets and 68 percent of handle on the Maple Leafs.
The public thinks Toronto will get off to a quick start in this series. The Maple Leafs are -1.5 on the puck line and 69 percent of bets are on them to cover. The Maple Leafs are -150 on the money line, and 70 percent of bets are on them. There is a split, however, in total goals. 54 percent of all bets are on this going over 6 goals, while 69 percent of the handle is on the under.
Game 1 of the series gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. Here is the Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets series schedule.
Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. | NHLN, SN, TVAS, FS-O
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-O
Thursday, Aug. 6: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets, TBD
Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets*, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs*, TBD
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