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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils prediction and pick from handicapper Tone's Takes. Defensive hockey will likely not be displayed tonight in New Jersey as two teams that are struggling defensively face-off in this Metropolitan Division clash.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils Prediction: Look for the Lamps to be Lit in New Jersey

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils

Date: Thursday, January 6

Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN+

Puck Line: Devils -1.5 (+175)

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils Prediction

The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils enter tonight’s contest missing some key players due to injury/COVID protocol, but that hasn't stopped the goal scoring in their recent games. In 3 games since the break, the Jackets have scored 10 goals, while allowing 17. On the road this season, Columbus averages 2.80 goals per game (17th), and allows 4.13 goals per game (2nd most). The Jackets are also allowing 36.3 shots per game on the road, which is 3rd most. Joonas Korpisalo is their projected starter in goal tonight, and he has a 4.41 GAA with a .887 SV% this season

New Jersey has played 4 times since the break and they have scored 17 goals while allowing 16. At home this season, the Devils average 3.17 goals per game (11th), while allowing 2.94 goals per game (13th most). Mackenzie Blackwood is their projected starter and he has a 3.32 GAA with a .895 SV% this season.  

Both teams have struggling Power Plays, but 5 on 5 tells the story where the Jackets have scored 68 goals (11th in the NHL) and have given up 81, which is 3rd most in the league. The Devils' 5 on 5 have scored 67 goals (13th in the NHL) and have given up 84, which is 2nd most in the league. I don’t see a defensive game here as neither team can keep the puck out of their own net.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils Pick

  • PICK: Blue Jacket/Devils Over 6 (-115)

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.


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