Blackhawks vs Maple Leafs Prediction - NHL Picks 10/16/23

Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0) vs Chicago Blackhawks (1-2)

Game Info: Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -323 / Chicago Blackhawks +250 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs face off on Monday in an NHL showdown at Scotiabank Arena. 

Blackhawks Coming Off Another Loss

The Blackhawks sit with a 1-2 record overall and they are coming off another loss in the last game. The Blackhawks scored only two goals while the defense gave up three goals on the way to the victory. Tyler Johnson had a strong game finishing with two goals. The Blackhawks have won the first two games of the season, but in the last two games they have lost. The defense hasn’t actually been awful this season, but it’s clear the defense is going to need to be better or this could be a long season for them.

Auston Matthews Playing Like MVP

Auston Matthews has led the Mape Leafs in each of hte first two games and so far this season he has scored six goals. So far this season the Maple Leafs have scored 13 points total. Even though the offense has found a ton of success,  there is still a lot of work the defense is going to need to do. In the first game against the Montreal Canadiens they gave up five goals and in the last game against the Minnesota Wild they gave up four goals. In this game, the defense needs to step up.

Shane’s Free Pick

The first two games the defense hasn’t been good enough, but that is going to change in this game. I am not sold on the Blackhawks offense and they are going to really struggle to get any type of offense going here. Toronto is going to get out toa fast start here, and that is going to be the difference, and the Blackhawks won’t have any chance to keep up. Back the Maple Leafs on the puck line. 

Shane’s Pick Maple Leafs -1.5

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