Sharks at Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 1/21/23
Columbus Blue Jackets (13-30-2) vs San Jose Sharks (14-23-9)
Game Info: Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +100 / San Jose Sharks -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 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. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The San Jose Sharks Preview
The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Timo Meier leads San Jose with 26 goals, Erik Karlsson has 47 assists and Logan Couture has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 68 goals on 522 shots faced, and James Reimer has allowed 81 goals on 790 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Preview
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Columbus with 12 goals, Jack Roslovic has 21 assists and Boone Jenner has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 52 goals on 568 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 79 goals on 599 shots.
The Sharks are 16-35 in their last 51 road games and 17-46 in their last 63 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 18-46 in their last 64 overall. The over is 33-16-2 in Sharks last 51 overall. The over is 50-23-4 in Blue Jackets last 77 home games. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
Just a brutal game between two well below average teams. I wouldn't touch this contest in any shape or form. With that said, the Sharks are the lesser of two evils, and they're comfortably better at both ends of the ice. The Columbus Blue Jackets do absolutely nothing well, and playing at home hasn't helped all that much. The Sharks should win this game, but that's not saying a lot.
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Randy’s Pick San Jose Sharks -125
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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