San Jose Sharks (9-7-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (4-10-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under:
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The San Jose Sharks look to keep their winning ways going as they continue their road trip in Columbus on Saturday night who could get starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky back between the pipes.
The Sharks ended their losing skid in a big way on Thursday night as they upedned the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida in what was a statement type victory for the road team who can extend their winning streak to two with a win in Columbus. The Sharks got off to a red hot start to the season and looked like they were going to be in cruise control in the Pacific division but they have stumbled of late winning just four of their last 10 overall and slipping into fifth place in the division. The Sharks certainly have plenty of talented players and have another shot at making a run to the Cup but you have to wonder how much last year's epic collapse impacted the psyche of this group and as the season moves along it'll be interesting to see how they respond.
The Blue Jackets have had a tough start to the season but things could be on the upswing as they are slated to get Sergei Bobrovsky back from the injured reserve and while he may ease his way back into things just having him back with the team will surely boost their spirits. Columbus had a special effort last night against the Philadelphia Flyers as former Flyer Scott Hartnell made his return to the City of Brotherly Love and he and his teammates left with a pivotal 4-3 victory. The Jackets though are just 1-8-1 in their last 10 games and sit at the bottom of the Metro division standings and taking on a San Jose team who has plenty of experience playing against Columbus from their days in the West in a back to back is just a nightmare of a spot. Even if Bobo gets the call I think the layoff will hurt and I see the Sharks getting the win here.