Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks
This game is what they call a “schedule loss.” The Jackets were in Los Angeles last night – a game they gave away in the third period to lose 2-1 in overtime – and play tonight in San Jose. These are two of the best teams in the NHL and having to play them on back-to-back nights on the road should be a loss for this team.
Columbus had been playing very well of late but couldn’t put together a 60 minute game last night and only got one point where they should have had two. The anticipation is that Sergei Bobrovsky will probably get the start again tonight and goalies just don’t fare well playing back to back games, especially considering the quality of the teams that he will be facing. If it’s Curtis McElhinney in net, well, I’m not sure that’s much better.
The Sharks have had a terrible time trying to score goals lately, having just six in their last six games (and consequently, a 2-4-0 record). What’s worse is that since their 59 shot output against Edmonton, they’re not getting a lot of chances lately, either, averaging just 27.5 shots over the four games since. Not scoring is one thing; not getting chances to score is a big problem.
Despite what should be a schedule loss, I’m not so sure about Columbus losing tonight to San Jose. It’s not like the Sharks should be expected to fill the net tonight and a low-scoring game plays into the hands of the road team. For that reason, I’ll just be picking value plays for my 50/50s and may even start whoever is in net for Columbus in my GPPs.
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