Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets

Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM (Nationwide Arena)

CLB -140, O/U 6

The San Jose Sharks head to Columbus, OH on Saturday for a game against the Blue Jackets in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, the Sharks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by the score of 3-2.  The Sharks received goals from Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Brent Burns on their way to the win.  Aaron Dell recorded the win in net for the Sharks as he made saves on 36 of 38 Pittsburgh shots on the night. 

After the win against Pittsburgh, San Jose is now 18-21-3 on the season and are currently in 6th place in the Pacific Division.  Logan Couture has been the leader offensively for the Sharks all season as he leads the team in points with 34.  Tomas Hertl leads San Jose in goals with 15, with 2 coming on the power play.  San Jose is led in assists by Erik Karlsson who has recorded 24 on the season.  Goalie Martin Jones has a record of 13-15-1 with a goals against average of 3.13.  The Sharks other goalie is Aaron Dell who has a record of 5-6-2 with a goals against average of 3.06.  San Jose comes into Saturday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Melker Karlsson is listed as day to day. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets welcome the San Jose Sharks to town on Saturday after winning their last game by the score of 2-1 in overtime against the Boston Bruins.  Columbus received goals from Sonny Milano and Pierre-Luc Dubois in the win.  Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins started in net for the Blue Jackets and was solid, making saves on 25 of 26 Boston shots on the night.

Heading into Saturday’s game, the Blue Jackets are 19-14-8 and are currently in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets leader in points is Pierre-Luc Dubois who has recorded 28 so far this season.  The Blue Jackets are also led in goals by Dubois who has 14 goals with 1 coming while on the power play.  The Columbus assist leader is Gustav Nyquist who has 19 assists on the season.  Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo is 17-10-4 on the season with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.49.  Meanwhile, backup goalie Elvis Merzlikins is 2-4-4 with a goals against average of 2.92 on the season.  The Blue Jackets come into Saturday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Cam Atkinson and Alexandre Texier are on injured reserve, Joonas Korpisalo is out and Scott Harrington and Sonny Milano are listed as day to day.

The San Jose Sharks have scored an average of 2.62 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.33 goals per game.  The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored 2.61 goals per game this season while allowing 2.71 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Sharks are 2-3 while the Blue Jackets are 3-2 and have won 2 games in a row.  The total has gone under in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games.  The total has gone under in 4 of Columbus' last 5 games.  The total has gone under in 5 of Columbus' last 6 games against San Jose.  The Blue Jackets have won the last 3 meetings between these two teams, winning by the average score of 4-1.  Columbus wins this one 3-1. 

Travis’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets -140(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.