Columbus vs San Jose: prediction for the NHL fixture
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus delivered poor results in their recent away series. The Blue Jackets didn't earn a single point and suffered crushing defeats in most matches. The only close game was against Dallas, but the Stars prevailed in regulation (3:2).
The Blue Jackets showed terrible defensive performance against Nashville (0:6) and St. Louis (3:6), and goalies Korpisalo and Merzlikin weren't as reliable as they usually are.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose were on a winning streak and confedently defeated New Jersey (5:2) and Chicago (2:0), before losing to the Rangers (0:1) away. The Sharks made 28 shots on goal, but only one of them was successful.
The Sharks had some problems against the Islanders, too, but they managed to score in overtime (2:1). San Jose's goalie Hill was excellent and saved 96% of the shots.
In 2 head-to-head games in a row, the teams failed to score in each period.
In 3 out of 4 head-to-head games, San Jose scored first.
Columbus returned to their home court, where they can get back on the winning track. San Jose are suffering a dip in form, and the Blue Jackets should take advantage of that.
Our prediction - handicap (0) to Columbus
The teams do not usually score a lot in head-to-head games - they scored more than 5 goals only in 1 match out of 8. We suggest betting on the total under.
Second wager - total under 5.5 goals