Blue Jackets vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 10/21/23

Minnesota Wild (2-2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (1-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -227 / Columbus Blue Jackets +180 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at the Xcel Energy Center. 

Wild’s Defense has been Inconsistent

The Wild thought they had a solid defense and goaltending heading into the season but so far that hasn’t been the case. In the last game against the Kings the defense was awful giving up seven goals and they ended up losing by four. Joel Eriksson EK did have a strong game finishing with a goal and four shots on goal. The WIld this season are averaging 3.5 goals while their defense is giving up 4.0 goals per game. The offense has been good but the defense is ranked 25th. 

Blue Jackets Playing on Tired Legs

The Blue Jackets headed into Friday night’s game against the Calgary Flames with a 1-2-0 record overall On Monday the Blue Jackets faced off against the Detroit Red Wings an the offense couldn’t even get on the board. The defense gave up four goals and that led to the defeat. Spencer Martin was in gola and he stopped 24 of the 28 shots  that he faced. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.33 goals while their defense is giving up 3.67 goals per game. In this game the offense is going to need to get going.

Shane’s Free Pick

This is going to be a high scoring game. The Wild’s defense is a big problem and even though the Blue Jackets are going to have tired legs, they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The Wild are also going to have no issue running up the score against the Blue Jackets and that will be the difference as this game is going to go over the total. Back the over to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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