(NHL) Columbus vs. Toronto, 08/02/2020 8:00 PM, Score: 2 - 0
Money Line: -155.00 Toronto (Home)
Bookmaker: Bet365
Result: Loss
This is a 10* on TORONTO

It wasn’t a sure thing that Toronto would have made the playoffs under “normal circumstances.” But the Leafs were third in the Atlantic when play stopped and were three points clear of fourth place Florida. We imagine they would have gotten in. Columbus also had 81 points (same as Toronto) but was a more precarious fifth in the tougher Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets occupied what would have been the last Wild Card spot in the usual playoff format, though the Islanders were just one point back and had two games in hand. For this first game of the qualification round, the Leafs are favored (as they should be), which makes sense since the Eastern Conference “bubble” happens to be Toronto. But it’s more than just the venue. The Leafs scored 52 more goals than the Blue Jackets did. Both played 70 games. The flip side is Columbus gave up a lot fewer. But while the road team won both regular season meetings, the favorite remains on a 5-1 run in this head to head series. Toronto was actually a -153 favorite at Columbus early in the season. 10* on TORONTO