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NHL FREE PLAY: Columbus vs. San Jose

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Posted Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:16 AM   0 comments
Today's FREE Play courtesy of Covers Expert Will Rogers. Check out his excellent write-up below!

NHL: Columbus vs. San Jose

Pick: San Jose
Start: April 21, 2013 - 8:00 PM
Capper: Will Rogers
Offered at: betonline @ -163 San Jose


Analysis:

Two Western Conference playoff hopefuls meet in San Jose Sunday night as the Sharks host the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Yes, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the mix for a playoff spot.  This despite losing their last game, in Los Angeles, 2-1. They remain eighth overall.  But San Jose is fifth and has won three straight and seven of 10.  They should hold serve on home ice here.

Here are my keys to the game.

1. San Jose Rolling - The Sharks crushed the Wild 6-1 Thursday night.  That's a good sign as the team is a perfect 10-0 this year immediately following a win by two goals or more. Including last year, they are 8 for 8 at home following a win by three or more goals. They have outscored teams 13-3 during the current win streak.

2.  Home ice advantage - This will be Columbus' fifth straight road game, so fatigue might be setting in.  Meanwhile, San Jose has lost just one time at home in regulation all season, that coming all the way back on February 5th vs. Chicago.  With the win over Minnesota, the Sharks moved to 16-1-5 for the year on home ice.

3. X-Factor - Columbus has the worst conversion rate on the power play in the entire NHL this season.

Selection:  The play is on the San Jose Sharks (1*).


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