Los Angeles Kings (11-9-2) vs. San Jose Sharks (7-12-3)
The 2022-23 NHL betting action continues Friday with this Western Conference battle when the Los Angeles Kings traveled to take on the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, California.
This is a battle between two struggling teams. Los Angeles lost their third straight game when they fell to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, 5-3. San Jose lost to Seattle on Wednesday, 8-5, their third loss in their last four games. These teams have not met this season but split the four contests last year with the home team winning three of the four games.
Rangers Score Late to Down KingsThe Los Angeles Kings (11-9-2, 12-10 ATS) saw Sean Walker score his first goal of the season a little over six minutes into the third period, but Chris Kreider responded with two goals to give the New York Rangers a 5-3 victory. After going 4-1-1 in the first six games of November, the Kings are 1-3-1 since. The club is now 5-5-2 on the road.
"Our game tonight has matched our year, where we're inconsistent," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "We're up and down, whether it's within a game, whether it's two-game segments, one-game segments, back to backs. We're still searching for that [consistency]."
BAR ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Ducal2uhlZ— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 23, 2022
Kevin Fiala scored his seventh goal of the year and added two assists in the loss. That snapped a three-game pointless streak for the forward. The Kings scored on their only power-play opportunity of the night, and are hoping to get their special teams going. The team is 22nd on the power play (19.8%) and 25th in penalty killing (74.3%). Los Angeles is allowing 3.46 goals per game, 23rd overall.
Kraken Sink SharksThe San Jose Sharks (7-12-3, 13-9 ATS) gave up eight goals to the Seattle Kraken, the most scored by the club in franchise history. That ruined a huge night for Timo Meier who delivered a hat trick. San Jose is 2-7-3 at home this season. The club snapped a seven-game winless streak at home with a 5-1 victory over Ottawa on Monday.
"Obviously disappointing," Meier said. "We came back and then I think we gave up too much, we were turning too many pucks over. I think there was parts of the game where we played well but it was just not consistent enough for 60 minutes. I think that was a winnable game."
San Jose has the top penalty-killing unit in the NHL (91.4%), but this club has struggled in most statistical categories. They are 20th in goals scored per game (3.00) and 25th in goals allowed (3.50). Despite the low overall goal performance, this team has been scoring in November, tallying three or more goals in 10 of their 11 games, including producing five in each of their last two continents.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Sharks have been abysmal at home this season. They were finally able to snap a seven-game home winless streak on Monday, but this is a club that is finding ways to lose in their own building. However, one thing that benefits San Jose is that they are able to produce goals. Despite the 3.00 goals for average, the Sharks are getting solid production, producing 43 goals in 11 games this month. That is one thing the Los Angeles is struggling to do, as they had been held to three goals or fewer in four straight contests and have 29 total goals in 11 November games.
Neither club is getting particularly good goaltending, so it comes down to scoring. That benefits the Sharks, who also have the edge in penalty killing.
Full-Game Total Pick
These are two of the worst teams in the NHL defensively, allowing nearly 7 goals per game combined on average this season. While it is true that San Jose has been scoring a lot of goals of late, they have also given them up, giving up 46 goals in 11 November games. That includes eight against Seattle on Wednesday.
Jonathan Quick (6-6-1, 3.15, .892) will likely face Kaapo Kahkonen (2-5-1, 3.80, .877), and neither netminder has put together two or three straight solid outings. Goals are going to be scored in this game, so do not be too surprised if at least eight are produced.