Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks - 4/19/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks - 4/19/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (29-34-12) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (35-35-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks -125 / Columbus Blue Jackets +100 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 35-35-6. Through 76 games, the Sharks are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 245 times, good for a rank of 12th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 29th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.68 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd-ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host Columbus with an overall record of 29-34-12. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 75 games, the Sharks have scored 195 goals, giving them an average of 2.57. This output gives them a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 20th-ranked unit, giving up 3.17 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 6th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 56 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.6%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 50 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -14 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.32 goals per game.

Through 70 games, the San Jose Sharks' goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier, with 73 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.0%. So far, 36.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 34 assists to go along with his 28 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sharks are -7.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.84 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Blue Jackets have an over-under record of 31-43-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 16-22. On the season, 71.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 31-43-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-21-1. On the season, 45.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Look for this matchup to surpass the over-under line of 6 goals, led by a big scoring output from the Blue Jackets.

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