The San Jose Sharks will collide with the Los Angeles Kings in a divisional battle on Friday night. The Kings found the win column with a much-needed victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday. The Sharks were clobbered by the Ducks in their previous action. The Sharks lead the season series by a convincing 5-1 tally.
Kings Snap Losing Streak
The Los Angeles Kings enter this one on a winning note. They thwarted a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 home win over the Coyotes on Wednesday and now head out on a brief two-game road trip. L.A. hasn’t been able to generate consistent offense and stand in seventh place in the division as a result.
Anze Kopitar has been kept in check recently, earning only three points in his last eight games overall. The 13-year veteran center is having a productive season, accumulating 40 points. Kopitar has two goals and two assists against the Sharks this season. Drew Doughty is playing well, posting three points in his last three clashes. The veteran defenseman has six points against San Jose and is up to 30 points on the year. Adrian Kempe has found the scoresheet in consecutive games and the 24-year old right-winger has 13 goals.
Carl Grundstrom with the goal 🚨 pic.twitter.com/THBOenQP7x— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 8, 2021
The Kings have been giving Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen equal playing time in the crease. Quick was in net in Tuesday’s victory and enters this one with a 2.99 GAA and a 7-8-2 record while Petersen is sporting a solid 2.57 GAA and a 7-9-4 mark. L.A. ranks 18th overall with 2.7 goals per game. They are conceding an average of 2.9 goals, placing them 17th in the NHL.
Sharks Eye Rebound After Worst Loss of Season
The San Jose Sharks are looking to rebound from one of their worst defeats of the season. They had a four-game winning streak evaporate in an ugly 5-1 home loss to the last-place Ducks on Tuesday night. Overall, San Jose is playing well, winning six out of their last nine games overall.
Evander Kane has tallied four points in his last five clashes. The veteran winger is having a terrific season, registering 17 goals along with 16 assists. Kane has been a threat against the Kings this season, collecting six points in the six meetings. Logan Couture exited Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury and is questionable for this one. The 31-year old center has been quiet, recording only two points in his last eight games overall, and has 25 points on the year. Tomas Hertl has accrued four points in his last four bouts. The 27-year old center has tallied 24 points this season.
The Sharks have started Martin Jones in net in five straight games. The veteran netminder is having a subpar year, posting a 3.04 GAA and a .904 save %. Devan Dubnyk has been terrible, logging a 3.18 GAA and a 3-9-2 record. San Jose is scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 19th overall. They are conceding an average of 3.2 goals, landing them 28th.
The Los Angeles Kings are:
- 8-20 in their last 28 games in San Jose.
- 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win.
- 2-6 in their last 8 games overall.
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Kings.
- 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Sharks are playing their best hockey of the season right now, winning four out of their last five games overall. The Kings have some veterans but overall they are more of a rebuilding squad and are very inconsistent. L.A is are struggling big time right now, losing six out of their last eight clashes. The Sharks are dominating the Kings this season, winning five of the six meetings.
Furthermore, San Jose has found a groove defensively, allowing two or fewer goals in three out of their last four games overall. This is key as the Kings are slumping offensively.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Kings have not been able to break through in the offensive end recently which is not a good sign considering they also have been silent against the Sharks, netting only a combined five goals in the last four meetings. The under is a convincing 21-7 in the Kings’ last 28 games following a win.
In addition, the defense has propelled the Sharks recently and are not scoring a ton of goals in their recent string of wins, netting three or fewer goals in five out of their last seven clashes and the Kings play with an emphasis on defense. The under is 4-1 in the Sharks’ last five games as the home favorite.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Kings team total is a solid prop. The Kings have now tallied two or fewer goals in each of their last four bouts against this Sharks team this season. They especially have issuing generating offense on the road, posting only nine goals in their last five road games overall.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
The first period has been a rough one for the Kings this season. They have only scored 26 goals in the opening frame while surrendering 42 goals which is their worst defensive period. Also, the Sharks have only allowed 30 goals in the first period this season.