2020 Playoff Preview: How do the Leafs match up against the Blue Jackets?

After months of waiting, we are only two weeks away from playoff hockey.
With that, it’s time to start analyzing the Leafs “first-round” opponent, The Columbus Blue Jackets. They finished the regular season with the same amount of points as the Leafs and were also hit hard by the injury bug this year. The break from hockey has allowed both teams to recover. Other than Columbus forward Josh Anderson, and Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson, both teams are at full-strength.
The similarities between these two teams end there.
In this playoff preview, I’ll showcase:

The major differences between the two by looking at the numbers, their lineup construction, and the systems that they implement.
The mini-battles to watch for and how both teams can be successful in each.
Predictions from the contributors of The Leafs Nation and The Everything Leafs Podcast.

Statistical overview:

Toronto

Columbus

5v5 Offence

 

60.19 (4th)

CF/60

54.1 (23rd)

2.74 (8th)

GF/60

2.16 (28th)

2.47 (3rd)

xGF/60

2.20 (24th)

8.57 (11th)

Sh%

6.80 (28th)

5v5 Defence

 

55.5 (13th)

CA/60

56.06 (17th)

2.73 (27th)

GA/60

2.11 (5th)

2.32 (18th)

xGA/60

2.04 (3rd)

Special Teams

 

23.1 (6th)

PP%

16.40 (27th)

77.70 (21st)

PK%

81.70 (12th)

It’s clear that these teams are polar opposites. The Blue Jackets are …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

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