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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings 1/7/23 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Detroit Red Wings (16-14-7) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (23-9-7)
January 7, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -238 / Detroit Red Wings +185; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

The Detroit Red Wings will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-2 loss to Florida in their last game. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 13 goals and 20 assists for his 33 points while Dominik Kubalik has 28 points with 12 goals and 16 assists. Filip Hronek has 28 points with 7 goals and 21 assists and David Perron has 27 points with 12 goals and 15 assists. Ville Husso has gone 12-8-5 with a 2.95 GAA and a .903 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic is 2-4-2 with a 4.09 GAA and an .880 save percentage between the pipes for Detroit this season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to Seattle in their last matchup. William Nylander has 45 points with a team-high 22 goals and 23 assists while Auston Matthews has 45 points with 19 goals and 26 assists as well. Mitch Marner has 44 points with a team-high 30 assists as well on the year. Ilya Samsonov’s 11-3-1 with a 2.38 GAA and a .914 save percentage while Matt Murray is 9-4-2 with a 2.61 GAA and a .913 save percentage in goal for Toronto so far this season.

Detroit is 3-9 in their last 12 games overall and 31-87 in their last 118 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Atlantic division and 6-1 in their last 7 games after scoring 2 goals or less in the previous game while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.

I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m taking Toronto at home here. The Leafs are just the better team and despite a couple of hiccups here and there, they still own one of the best records in the league. The Detroit Red Wings have shown improvement in spots, but this team still has struggles on the road and they’ve had no success against Toronto over the years, winning just 4 of the last 26 meetings. Give me Toronto in a beatdown.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Toronto -1.5

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