Columbus Blue Jackets vs San Jose Sharks Prediction, 3/14/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+105) Sharks (-125)
The San Jose Sharks (19-36-12) are welcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets (20-38-7) at SAP Center on Tuesday. The line on this contest has the Blue Jackets at +105 and the Sharks are opening at -125. The betting total comes in at 7.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5-2 loss to the Blues in their previous game. The Blue Jackets had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. For the matchup, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 39 shots they launched. In addition, they had 3 power play tries and netted 1 goal. Columbus tallied 4 penalty mins for this matchup.
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Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have earned 196 power play tries (20th in pro hockey) and have scored 46 goals in those attempts. The Blue Jackets have had 2,283 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .894. Columbus has attempted 1,895 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.9%. When playing at even strength, the Blue Jackets have conceded 197 goals while earning 137 as an offensive unit. Columbus has accounted for 172 power play opportunities and they have tallied 31 goals during those chances, giving them a percentage of 18.02%. For the year, they have recorded 47 points and their points percentage is .362. In terms of scoring goals, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned 168 goals (31st in pro hockey) for the year and have given up 243.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson has been in goal for 140 contests over the course of his professional hockey career. He has compiled a record of 55-56-16 and he has gotten the start in 117 games. Opponents have scored 348 goals versus Hutchinson in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.82. Hutchinson has seen 3,654 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 3,306 total saves. He has a save percentage of .905 during his 7,396 minutes guarding the cage. For his professional hockey career, Hutchinson has earned 52 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .444.
In their last contest, San Jose squared up with the Wild in a matchup where the Sharks were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 5-2. They had 5 attempts on the power play in this matchup and converted 2 out of those attempts. The Sharks converted 2 goals of the 37 shots on goal they tried.
For the season, the San Jose Sharks have accounted for 192 goals, 50 points, and a points percentage of .373. They have permitted 251 goals to be scored by way of 215 goals at even strength and 36 goals while they were shorthanded. The Sharks have earned 159 goals at even strength and 33 goals (26th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 182 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 18.13%. San Jose has taken 2,002 shots (21st in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.59%, while allowing the opposition 2,100 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 82.44% on their oppositions 205 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 88.0%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Kaapo Kahkonen protecting the net. Kahkonen has accumulated a career record of 41-39-10 and has been in goal for 95 games. Kahkonen's percentage of quality starts comes out to 50.5% and he has accumulated 46 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He is sitting with 2,534 saves out of the 2,819 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .899. His opposition is averaging 3.18 goals per game and he has given up 285 goals overall. He has been a starter 91 games and has played for a total of 5,378 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+105)
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