Blue Jackets vs Maple Leafs Prediction - NHL Picks 12/14/23

Toronto Maple Leafs (15-6-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (9-16-5)

Game Info: Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -270 / Columbus Blue Jackets +210 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Scotiabank Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Blue Jackets vs Maple Leafs prediction.

Maple Leafs Look to Build on Last Game

The Maple Leafs faced off against the New York Rangers in the last game, and they scored seven goals on the way to the victory. The Maple Leafs were led by Auston Mathews and he put up two goals and two assists. The Maple Leafs on the season is averaging 3.46 goals while their defense is giving up 3.19 goals per game. The offense is ranked 7th in the league and they are going to need the offense to be good here. William Nylander has scored 13 goals and added 23 assists. 

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Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Dmitri Voronkov has scored a goal in three of the Blue Jackets' last four games as underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one point in each of his last five appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in each of his last five appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Zach Werenski has the equal-most multi-assist games for the Blue Jackets this season (2).

Blue Jackets Really Struggled in Last Game

The Blue Jackets offense scored two goals against the Florida Panthers in the last game, and they ended up losing by three goals. Yegor Chinakov put up a goal. The Blue Jackets on the season is averaging 2.9 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.5 goals per game. The defense is ranked 29th, and they are going to need the defense to step up in a big way here. Zach Werenski has scored a goal and added 20 assists. 

Toronto Maple Leafs Player Prop Facts

  • Tyler Bertuzzi has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances with his team as a favorite against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Auston Matthews has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances against the Blue Jackets.
  • John Tavares has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Maple Leafs' last eight games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Auston Matthews ranks T1st in the league for Goals (21) this season.

Blue Jackets vs Maple Leafs Betting Prediction 

The Blue Jackets defense is giving up 3.5 goals per game, and they are going to really struggle again in this game. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.46 goals per game and they are going to get the offense out to a fast start. The Maple Leafs are going to score at least five goals and that is going to be the difference here. The Blue Jackets aren’t going to have the offense to keep up here. Back the Maple Leafs on the puck line

Shane’s Pick Maple Leafs -1.5

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