NHL Pick Of The Day 02/23

The Pick Of The Day in the NHL from our hockey expert
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Sat, February 23, 11:40 AM EST

Sippy took a night off after his six-win streak came to an end but he's back with another pick for tonight's action.

 

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02/23 - San Jose Sharks @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Pick: San Jose Sharks ML -110

Stake: 1.5u

 

San Jose comes into this one after a 4-0 whooping of the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Thursday (which we made some money on). They've now won 8 of their last 10 games with the only losses coming to the Caps and the red-hot Bruins. They're scoring a whopping 4.30 goals per game in that stretch as their usually productive offense has been surging even more than usual recently. The Sharks have been even better on the road, winning six straight games away from home, outscoring their opponents 31-14 - that's an insane 5.17 goals scored per game to just 2.33 goals allowed on the other end. They've been really impressive coming into the stretch run and I think they'll be a handful for a Blue Jackets team that just got a bunch of new faces and will still be working to gel as a team - they beat Ottawa 3-0 last night but the Sens are the opposite of the Sharks and this is an entirely different game. For what it's worth, Columbus has lost 3 of their last 5 games and 5 of their last 6 games at home and have lost 4 of the last 5 times they've hosted the Sharks. San Jose's just 3 points out of 1st place in the Pacific and I think they'll keep rolling and fight hard in this one. Martin Jones will start in goal for the Sharks, and he's won 6 of his last 8 games with a 2.50 GAA in those contests, and that number is skewed a bit by the 6 goals allowed to the Bruins. He's been impressive behind the fiery San Jose offense who obviously provide a huge boost. Meanwhile, Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Columbus for the second night in a row which is always risky for a goalie as netminders usually don't start back-to-back nights. He's been okay recently, posting a 2.77 GAA in his last 13 games, but the Sharks will be a tall task especially for any goalie especially a tired one.

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