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

Columbus Blue Jackets (11-17-6) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (16-8-6)

Game Info: Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +160 / Toronto Maple Leafs -200 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Maple Leafs Defense Looked Awful in Last Game

The Maple Leafs faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in the last game and they sure struggled. The Maple Leafs faced off against the Buffalo Sabres and they were defeated 9-3. The Maple Leafs has been an issue all season and it can’t let them down in this game. Toronto the season is averaging 3.57 goals while their defense is giving up 3.43 goals per game. The offense is ranked 3rd in the league while the defense is ranked 25th. William Nylander has scored 15 goals and added 27 assists so far this season. 

Can the Blue Jackets Bounce Back?

Two games ago against the Buffalo Sabres, the Blue Jackets scored nine goals and they secured a win. In the last game against the Washington Capitals, the Blue Jackets were defeated 3-2 in overtime. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.15 goals while their defense is giving up 3.62 goals per game. The defense is ranked 31st and it hasn’t been good enough all season. Zach Werenski has scored one goal and added 24 assists so far this season. 

Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets Betting Prediction

The Maple Leafs are going to bounce back here. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.57 goals and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The Blue Jackets are giving up 3.62 goals per game and they are going to have some major issues here. The Blue Jackets offense won’t be keeping up and Toronto is going to get the job done here. Back the Maple Leafs -1.5 to cash.

Shane’s Pick Maple Leafs -1.5

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