Betting on today’s Sharks and Blue Jackets game? Catch the action at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Blue Jackets hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Blue Jackets as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals.

SAN JOSE SHARKS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • Based on our analysis, we foresee the Blue Jackets winning the game with a predicted score of 4-2.
  • Take the Blue Jackets on the moneyline
  • The Blue Jackets should also cover at -1.5

Can San Jose Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

When playing on the road this season, the Sharks have struggled mightily, going just 6-23-4 and have lost three straight away from home. In the Western Conference, San Jose is in 16th place and 8th in the Pacific Division. Overall, the Sharks have a record of 16-42-7, and they have lost two straight games.

This season, San Jose has been the underdog in all 65 of their games and have lost two straight games when coming in as the underdog. Over their last ten games, the Sharks have just one win and have gone 1-9 over their last ten games. In the Western Conference, San Jose has gone 8-27 in conference games.

San Jose has lost 34 games by multiple goals and their average scoring differential is -1.8 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have been the underdog in all 65 of their games and their puck line record this year is 31-34.

Across their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 8-2, and their overall puck line mark is 31-34. In their last five games, the Sharks’ puck line record is 3-2, and they have 11 wins by just one goal.

This season, San Jose’s games have an average of 6.2 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Sharks come in with an over/under performance of 29-33-3.

Across their last three road contests, San Jose has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 0-3, while averaging 2 goals per game.

Offensively, the Sharks come into the game at 2.2 goals per contest placing 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 32nd position in the league. This season, the Sharks are 1-4 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 14-37 record.

San Jose will be looking for a good game from Fabian Zetterlund who leads the team in scoring with 17 goals, ranking 126th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 14 assists so far.

Defensively, the Blue Jackets are currently 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 33.2 shots per game against Columbus. They also are 29th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Magnus Chrona gets the start and has made six starts this season. His record at this point is 1-4, and his save percentage is 0.33%.

Can the Blue Jackets Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets sit in 16th place in the Eastern Conference with 55 points and an overall record of 22-34-11. Over their last ten games, Columbus is 4-6, and they have lost three straight games.

At home this season, the Blue Jackets are 12-18-5, and they have dropped their last two games at Nationwide Arena. As the favorite this season, Columbus is 3-2-1, and they have won their last two games when favored.

At home, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 19-15 and an average scoring margin of -.5 goals per game. So far, they have been the favorite in six games and have a puck line record of 2-4 when favored. Overall, Columbus has 14 wins by multiple goals and 26 losses by more than one goal.

Over their last 10 home games, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 7-3 and a scoring margin of +.5 goals per game. In their last three games at home, Columbus has gone 3-0 against the puck line.

Games involving Columbus have an average of 6.5 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blue Jackets come in with a record of 31-32-3.

San Jose has a 0-3 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 24th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 20th in the league. This season, the Blue Jackets have a 8-10 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 13-22 record.

The leading scorer for Columbus’ offense is Boone Jenner. Coming into the game he has 20 goals, ranking 80th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 10 assists so far.

The Blue Jackets defense is currently 2nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33.2 shots per game against Columbus. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 29th with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. San Jose, goalie Daniil Tarasov has started 17 games in this season. His current record is 6-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.55%.