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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction & Betting Tips 12/23/2023

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs 12/23/2023:
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+163)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
  • Our NHL model projects 7 goals, and we suggest taking the under

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Preview

Planning on watching today’s Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets game? Catch the action at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Blue Jackets hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on BSOH.

The Maple Leafs are the favorites in this Eastern conference matchup against Blue Jackets. The over/under for the game is set at 7 goals. Check out BetCoco for Columbus Blue Jackets – Toronto Maple Leafs odds

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Head-to-Head and Key Stats

When looking back over the last three times these two teams have played, the Blue Jackets have the leg up at 2-1. The Blue Jackets also had the edge vs. the puck line in these games, at 2-1. These games averaged a combined total of 8 goals per game leading to an over/under record of 2-1.

  • When looking at their past five road matchups, Toronto has an puck line record of 1-4 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
  • Columbus has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
  • In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 2-1.
  • Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Maple Leafs have a straight up record of 5-5. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 2-8.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction

As they prepare to face Columbus, the Maple Leafs currently possess a 16-8-6 record. When they are favored, their record stands at 14-7-5, while as underdogs, it is 2-1-1. When they have hit the road, they have a 7-3-4 record this season, and they are 9-5-2 at home.

When looking at their offense, the Maple Leafs have an average of 3.6 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 8th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 17th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs are 6-3 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-5 record.

Goalie Martin Jones comes into the game having made three starts this season. So far, his record is 3-1 and he has a save percentage of 0.2857142857142857%.

Before their matchup against Toronto, the Blue Jackets arrive with a 11-18-6 record. They hold a 1-2-1 record when considered the favorites and 10-16-5 when seen as the underdogs. For away games this season, they have a 4-8-3 record, while they are 7-10-3 when playing at home.

The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 10th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 12th in the league. Columbus’ offense is currently ranked 25th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the league.

Heading into this matchup vs. Toronto, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 21 games in this season. His current record is 7-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.9285714285714286%.

Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Blue Jackets winning this game by a score of 4-3.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Tips

  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+163)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
  • Our NHL model projects 7 goals, and we suggest taking the under

Columbus Blue Jackets Injury Report

  • Damon Severson – Upper Body – Out
  • Boone Jenner – Jaw – Out
  • Jack Roslovic – Ankle – Out
  • Patrik Laine – Shoulder – Out
  • Adam Boqvist – Shoulder – Out
  • Nick Blankenburg – Upper Body – Questionable

Toronto Maple Leafs Injury Report

  • Mark Giordano – Finger – Out
  • Matt Murray – Hip – Out
  • John Klingberg – Hip – Out
  • Jake Muzzin – Neck – Out
  • Ryan Reaves – Leg – Out
  • Joseph Woll – Ankle – Out

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