Sharks at Kings Game 5 - 4/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (49-30-7) at Los Angeles Kings (49-31-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -146 / San Jose Sharks +132 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, CNBC
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings play game five Friday night at the Staples Center.
The San Jose Sharks can advance to the next round by stealing a huge road game. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with four goals, Brent Burns has three assists and Logan Couture has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed eight goals on 103 shots faced. Jones has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings hope to avoid elimination for at least one more game. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Trevor Lewis leads Los Angeles with two goals, Tanner Pearson has two assists and Vincent Lecavalier has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 10 goals on 105 shots faced. Quick has given up six goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 20-7 in their last 27 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Kings are too good of a team to get sent packing without a fight. Whle the Sharks have not only beaten up the Kings in this series but overall recently, you expect Los Angeles to show up a home with elimination on the line.
I like the home team here.