Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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San Jose Sharks (18-21-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (19-14-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -133 / San Jose Sharks +120 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with 15 goals, Erik Karlsson has 24 assists and Brent Burns has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 87.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 42 goals on 437 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 89 goals on 828 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in five straight games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 14 goals, Seth Jones has 19 assists and Cam Atkinson has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 29 goals on 306 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in nine straight games.
The Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and 3-11 in their last 14 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The under is 4-0 in Sharks last 4 road games. The under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
We hit on the San Jose Sharks as a big underdog against the Penguins, but I'm not making a habit of backing a team on a massive losing stretch. The Columbus Blue Jackets are playing light years better hockey, and they've won the last three meetings against the Sharks, winning those games by a combined score of 12-3. Getting the Blue Jackets at this price at home feels like a steal when you consider the Sharks struggles.