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Devils vs. Blue Jackets Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NHL Odds

Moneyline: New Jersey Devils -225, Columbus Blue Jackets +185
Spread: Devils -1.5 (+105) , Blue Jackets +1.5 (-130)
Total: Over/Under 6.5 points 

NHL Schedule December 16– Game info - Devils at Blue Jackets 

2023 NFL Regular Season Game
New Jersey Devils (15-11-1, 9-5-0 Away) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (10-16-5, 7-8-2 Home)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio

Live Stream: ESPN+
Live Radio: 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Devils) and 105.7FM in Columbus (Blue Jackets)

The New Jersey Devils, winners of four of their last five games, visit the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season on Saturday night. The Devils will be looking for revenge after losing to the Blue Jackets at home three weeks ago. Will New Jersey be able to pull off a victory, or will the Metropolitan Division’s last-place team manage to stun them again? Let’s take a closer look at this matchup.

Devils at Blue Jackets Preview

The New Jersey Devils will travel to Columbus on Saturday with the goal of showing an inferior Blue Jackets team just how dominant they can be.  The Devils are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins, while the Blue Jackets are coming off an impressive 6-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. These teams met back in November on Black Friday in Newark, and Columbus stole the show that afternoon by winning 2-1.

Devils vs. Blue Jackets Predictions and Picks

When the Columbus Blue Jackets visited New Jersey on Black Friday, they jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first period and never looked back. The Jackets held on for a rather surprising win over the favored Devils that afternoon even though New Jersey outshot Columbus 38-28. The difference for the Blue Jackets was goaltender Elvis Merzlikins, who arguably had his best game of the season in shutting down an aggressive and very talented Devils offense. Merzlikins is not expected to start the rematch on Saturday night at Columbus, which would mean his backup, Spencer Martin, will have to face a Devils team out for revenge. Martin’s presence could lead to a lopsided score in the Devils’ favor, because he is nowhere near as talented as Merzlikins. The Devils are the eighth-highest scoring team in the NHL this season, and the Blue Jackets allow the third-most shots on goal per game. Without Merzlikins in net to counter New Jersey’s aggressiveness in the offensive zone, this could be a long night for Columbus. If he gets the start, Martin will not be able to repeat what Merzlikins did in New Jersey. The Devils will attack this Blue Jackets defense and capitalize multiple times on their way to a big win at Nationwide Arena.

The Pick: New Jersey Devils -1.5 (+105)

Predicting over/unders in New Jersey Devils games is never easy because the Devils are very strong defensively. New Jersey, which has historically made defense a focal point, allows opponents the NHL’s ninth-fewest shots on goal. While the team’s goaltenders haven’t been as consistent as its defensemen, netminder Vitek Vanecek has played very well over his past two games. Vanecek held the talent-loaded Boston Bruins to just one goal in his last outing and also limited the Flames to two goals a week ago at Calgary. Columbus’ offense simply can’t compare to what the Bruins and Flames have. When they beat the Devils last month, the Blue Jackets scored a pair of early goals on a day when Vanecek wasn’t playing. If Columbus scores even once on Saturday against Vanecek and this suffocating Devils defense, I will be impressed. Although New Jersey could flirt with this total by itself, I lean toward the under in this one.

The Pick: Under 6.5 (+110)

Best NFL Player Prop Bets for Devils vs. Blue Jackets:

Jesper Bratt

Winger Jesper Bratt ranks second among the Devils in points this year – just one point behind superstar linemate Jack Hughes. His 12 goals are also tied with Tyler Toffoli for the New Jersey lead. When these teams met in November, Bratt fired six shots at the Columbus net, only two fewer than Hughes’ game-high eight. Bratt has had at least three shots on goal in five of his last six games, including three games with five shots. Reaching his line on Saturday shouldn’t be a problem.

The Pick: Jesper Bratt over 2.5 shots on goal (-125)

Best Same-Game Parlay NHL bets today for Devils vs. Blue Jackets: 3-Leg Parlay Pick (+285)

Jack Hughes New Jersey center Jack Hughes will always be the main concern for any group of defensemen facing the impressive Devils attack. Hughes is without a doubt one of the best players in the NHL this season, although he has been relatively quiet in December. With a chance to heat up against a weaker opponent, as well as the desire to exact revenge for last month’s loss, Hughes should be highly motivated to have a big game at Columbus. He scored a goal in the Devils’ win over Boston on Wednesday and should be able to get at least one more on Saturday night.

Leg-1 SGP Pick: Jack Hughes anytime goalscorer (-105)

Total Goals The New Jersey Devils’ average of 3.48 goals per game ranks eighth in the NHL this season, and New Jersey has scored at least five goals in a game eight times. Facing a Blue Jackets team that allows the league’s third-most shots and could be starting its backup goaltender is a recipe for Devils success on Saturday night.

Leg-2 SGP Pick: Devils over 4.5 total goals (+140)

Game I’m taking the New Jersey Devils on the puck line in this revenge game, because I truly believe the rematch will not be close. This Devils team is just too good to lose another game to Columbus. Even though I expect this to be a blowout, let’s play it safe and take New Jersey on the moneyline.

Leg-3 SGP Pick: New Jersey Devils ML (-225)

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