Los Angeles Kings (15-17-6) vs. San Jose Sharks (17-17-4)
The Los Angeles Kings will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak to the San Jose Sharks when these teams square off over the weekend. The teams play each other Friday night, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. Los Angeles defeated Arizona on Wednesday, 4-3, snapping a three-game home losing streak. San Jose lost to Anaheim at home on Monday, 5-1. That snapped their four-game home winning streak.
San Jose is the favorite at -139. The odds for Los Angeles are set at +115. San Jose has beaten Los Angeles four straight times, including a 3-2 victory back on April 3. The Sharks are 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings. The Kings are 3-5-2 in the last 10.
Third Period Surge Sends Kings to VictoryLos Angeles scored three goals in the third period to rally from a 3-1 deficit, defeating Arizona on Wednesday, 4-3. Trevor Moore, Drew Doughty, and Kale Clague each recorded two assists for Los Angeles and goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 27 shots. The victory gave Los Angeles at least one victory on their four-game homestand.
Los Angeles is 18th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.71 while allowing 2.87 per contest, 16th overall. They are 18th in shooting percentage at 9.1%. The Kings are 13th on the power-play at 22.1% and are fourth in penalty killing at 84.7%.
With Calvin Petersen going on Friday, it will be Quick back between the pipes on Saturday. Quick is 7-8-2 with a 2.99 GAA and a .892 save percentage. He has allowed at least three goals in seven of his last eight starts.
Los Angeles is led in scoring by Anze Kopitar with 40 points. He also leads the team in assists with 32. Dustin Brown is the leading goal scorer with 15 tallies. With the two assists on Wednesday, Doughty is now second on the team in assists (22) and points (30).
Ducks Dominate SharksThree second-period goals were too much for San Jose as they lost to Anaheim on Monday, 5-1. Patrick Marleau had the only goal of the game for the Sharks, netting his third tally of the season. Martin Jones struggled between the pipes, allowing four goals on 33 shots.
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San Jose is 22nd in the NHL in goals per game at 2.66 and is 28th in goals allowed at 3.29 per game. They are 21st in shooting percentage at 8.9%. The Sharks special teams have not been very good, 23rd on the power-play at 18.1% and 15th in penalty killing at 79.8%.
Jones will go on Friday, so it will be Devan Dubnyk on Saturday. Dubnyk is 3-9-2 with a 3.18 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He has allowed 12 total goals in his last three starts.
Evander Kane leads the team in scoring with 33 points. He is also the team leader in goals (16) and assists (17). Logan Couture has 15 goals for San Jose and is expected to be back on the ice on Friday.
Los Angeles Kings:
- 2-6 in their last eight games.
- 1-5 in their last six games against teams with a losing record.
- 21-48 in their last 69 games on the road.
San Jose Sharks:
- 4-1 in their last five games.
- 4-1 in their last five games at home.
- 32-15 in their last 47 games against teams with a winning percentage less than 40%.
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Full-Game Side Bet
There is no denying that San Jose seems to have the Kings’ number. They have not only beaten them four straight times, but seven victories in the last 10 prove that Los Angeles has not had much success against this team.
Having Dubnyk in the net would seem to give Los Angeles an edge, but Quick has not been much better of late either. This looks like another San Jose victory, as they could potentially extend their winning streak against Los Angeles to six straight games with a victory on Saturday. Los Angeles is 1-4 and the last five meetings between these teams in San Jose.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total for this contest is set at 5.5. There has been a slight trend toward the under between these teams. They have gone under in 16 of the last 28 meetings in San Jose and 15 of the last 26 meetings overall.
I expect Friday’s game to go under, but not on Saturday. You have the backup goaltenders going on Saturday, and one of the things that is common on back-to-back nights between the same teams is that the second game gets a little sloppier. That leads to more mistakes and less protection for the goaltender.
Take San Jose to win, 5-3.