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Preview: Jackets Look to Extend Sharks Streak

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The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the San Jose Sharks at 7pm.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, February 2nd - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Fear The Fin

Columbus Blue Jackets; 27-19-4, 58 points, 4th Metropolitan, 7th East

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San Jose Sharks; 26-16-8, 60 points, 2nd Pacific, 7th West

Season Series

02/02/2018 - SJS @ CBJ
03/04/2018 - CBJ @ SJS

The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to extend the San Jose Sharks’ lose streak to five tonight.

Despite being in net for three of the Sharks’ four losses, Martin Jones will be starting tonight. As of right now, it looks like Sergei Bobrovsky will be starting the start against the Sharks.

The Sharks excel on their special teams. They are second in the league on the power play (23.0%) and fifth in the league on the penalty kill (84.1%). While the Jackets are dead last on the power play (14.1%) and 27th on the penalty kill (14.1%).

San Jose scores an average of 2.86 goals per game to Columbus’ 2.54.

TheJackets will need to keep an eye on Brent Burns. The veteran defender is coming off of a seven-game point streak. Nine points were scored over those seven games.

Simply put, this game is not going to be easy for the Jackets. Winning is a possibility but it won’t be easy.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Oliver Bjorkstrand Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner Lukas Sedlak Jussi Jokinen
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Markus Nutivaara
Dean Kukan David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
San Jose Sharks
Timo Meier Logan Couture Kevin Labanc
Mikkel Boedeker Chris Tierney Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson Tomas Hertl Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen Barclay Goodrow Joel Ward
Brent Burns Joakim Ryan
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon Dylan Demelo
Martin Jones
Aaron Dell