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San Jose Sharks

Columbus Blue Jackets
42-17-7 March 13, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 34-26-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting San Jose duelling Columbus on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

The Sharks will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 42-17-7 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 34-26-5. San Jose is 29-32-5 against the total, while Columbus is 34-27-4 versus the number.View San Jose Sharks vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Blue Jackets in this one found them earlier as 110 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 5-ranked Blue Jackets and the No. 12-rated Sharks in this matchup.

In their last action, San Jose was a 6-2 winner at home against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on San Jose at -225 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Columbus won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Red Wings on March 11. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 9-ranked offense (2.92 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.41 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 18.55% rate while the Sharks have a 84.18% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Sharks at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of San Jose's last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 6 games on the road
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Columbus's last 10 games at home
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose

Next up:
San Jose at New York, Friday, March 14th
Columbus at Minnesota, Saturday, March 15th