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NHL Game Preview - Blue Jackets underdogs vs Sharks at San Jose

Columbus Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks
29-23-5 February 07, 2014, 10:30 PM | SAP Center 36-16-6

San Jose will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Columbus Blue Jackets pay a visit to SAP Center.

The Sharks currently sport a record of 36-16-6. The Blue Jackets are 29-23-5. Betting totals have seen the Sharks post a 24-29-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blue Jackets have gone 30-23-4 against the number.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs San Jose Sharks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, San Jose sat as -178 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Sharks) and the No. 8 (Blue Jackets) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Kings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Kings at -147 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Sharks were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Stars. That made winners of bettors who got San Jose at -165 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Jose's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 2.97 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.77 goals allowed. The Sharks power play is averaging 17.62% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 81.77% of their penalties.

Next up:
Columbus at New Jersey, Thursday, February 27th
San Jose at Philadelphia, Thursday, February 27th