Betting on today’s Blue Jackets and Sharks game? Catch the action at SAP Center in San Jose, CA, as the Sharks hosts this showdown at 10:30 ET on NBCS. In this non-conference matchup, the Blue Jackets are favored by -1.5 vs. the Sharks. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS SAN JOSE SHARKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: San Jose Sharks +1.5

This game will be played at SAP Center at 10:30 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE SAN JOSE SHARKS:

  • With the Blue Jackets being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Blue Jackets.
  • Take the Blue Jackets on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Sharks (+1.5)

Do the Blue Jackets Have a Shot at a Road Win?

Heading into the game, the Blue Jackets are 16-26-10 overall, which puts them in 8th place in the Metropolitan Division and 16th in the Eastern Conference. On the road, Columbus has gone 7-12-6 this season, and they have lost two straight games. Over their last ten games, the Blue Jackets have gone just 3-7, and they are 1-4 in their last five.

As the underdog, Columbus has gone 15-24-9 this season, and they have lost two straight games when not favored. Against Eastern Conference opponents, the Blue Jackets have gone just 9-25 this season.

On the road, Columbus has gone 6-4 vs. the puck line in their last ten games and 17-8 vs. the puck line on the road this season. They have gone 30-22 vs. the puck line overall, and their average scoring margin for the year sits at -0.8 goals per game.

So far, the Blue Jackets have been the underdog in all but four of their games, and their puck line record as the underdog is at 29-19. Their average scoring margin in those games is at -0.8 goals per game. Overall, they have 21 losses by more than one goal.

This season, Columbus’ games have an average of 6.7 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under performance of 26-23-3.

Through their last three road games, Columbus has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 23rd in the league. This year, the Blue Jackets have recorded a 6-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-17 record.

Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Boone Jenner. So far this season, he has 16 goals, placing him 85th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Jenner has 5 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Sharks head into the game ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35.3 shots per game against San Jose. So far, they are 30th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 29 games this season. His current record stands at 9-11, and his save percentage is 0.83%.

Can the Sharks Please their Home Crowd?

At 15-33-5, the Sharks are currently in 15th place in the Western Conference and 8th in the Pacific Division. In conference games, San Jose has an 8-21 record, and they are 6-12 against division opponents. Over their last ten games, the Sharks have gone 5-5, and they have lost two of their last three games.

For the season, San Jose has been the underdog in all 53 of its games, and they have a record of 15-33-5 in those games. At home, the Sharks have gone 9-13-2, and they are 0-0-0 when they have been favored. In the Pacific Division, San Jose has gone 6-12.

As the underdog, the Sharks have a puck line record of 25-28 this season, including a mark of 8-2 in their last 10 games. San Jose has lost 28 games by multiple goals compared to just 10 by one goal. Their average scoring margin on the year is -1.7 goals per game.

At home, the Sharks’ puck line record is 12-12, and they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games. So far, they have been the underdog in all 53 of their games this season, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is -1.7 goals per game.

On average, San Jose’s games have finished with 6 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Sharks come in with an over/under record of 21-29-3.

Across the Blue Jackets last three road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 2.1 goals per game this season, which is 31st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. This year, the Sharks have recorded a 1-1 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 13-31 record.

San Jose’s leading goal scorer is Tomas Hertl. So far this season, he has 15 goals, placing him 104th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Hertl has 19 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Sharks head into the game ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35.3 shots per game against San Jose. So far, they are 30th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen comes into the game having made 22 starts this season. So far, his record is 6-15 and he has a save percentage of 0.745%.