Last Updated: 2019-03-21
The San Jose Sharks, spearheaded by Brent Burns and Logan Couture, are set to take the ice against Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in a Pacific Division showdown. The opening face-off is at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21, and you’ll be able to see it live on Fox Sports West.
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds
Los Angeles (+175) is currently the underdog to San Jose (-210), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -125 for the under and +105 for the over.
Though the team is 43-30 straight up (SU) this season, San Jose has actually lost 1.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 73 regular season matches, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2018-19 Sharks team is 20-17 SU on the road.
San Jose has converted on 24.2 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for seventh-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 24.6 saves per game with a .898 save percentage, Martin Jones (35-21-5) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this year. If head coach Peter Deboer decides to rest him, however, the team might go with Aaron Dell (10-12-3 record, .890 save percentage, 3.10 goals against average).
On the other bench, Los Angeles is 25-47 straight up (SU) and has lost 20.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 72 regular season matches, 36 of its games have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 13-23 SU as the home team this year.
The Kings have converted on just 15.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.
Jonathan Quick (26.3 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for the Kings. Quick has 13 wins, 27 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has maintained a poor .891 save percentage and 3.30 goals against average this year.
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under
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The Kings are 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Sharks are 0-3 in shootouts.
Three of San Jose’s last five outings have gone under the total.
San Jose’s attempted 33.5 shots per contest overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 31.0 in its last 10 games.
Over Los Angeles’ last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-5 in those games).
The Kings this season have recorded the 12th-most hits per game in the NHL (23.2), but the club has averaged 25.8 over their last five games as the home team.