San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/27/14
Los Angeles Kings (29-18-6) at San Jose Sharks (34-12-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -157 / Los Angeles Kings +143 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Kings return indoors after getting blanked by the Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Saturday while the Sharks look for a ridiculous seventh win in a row.
The Kings are two years removed from winning the Stanley Cup and continue to be one of the best teams in the NHL but it is something about playing their California rivals that seem to expose their weaknesses. Los Angeles dropped a 3-0 decision in the first edition of the Stadium Series games over the weekend and what was more of a spectacle to broadcast the growth of the game in some underwhelming markets there was still a pivotal result on the line. Los Angeles finds themselves in sixth place in the Western Conference and trail the Avalanche by five points for fifth in what is a gruelling yet exciting playoff battle but with time running out the Kings know they need to get things back on track in a hurry if they want to claim home ice advantage. Jonathan Quick has had moderate success since returning to the Los Angeles lineup but he is likely to get the call here against Antii Niemi who is having himself a Vezina type season.
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San Jose comes into tonight’s action as one of the game’s hottest teams as they have won six straight contests and eight of their last 10 overall which has propelled them up the Western Conference standings and in striking distance of the Ducks for top spot in the division. San Jose took care of business off the ice as well this weekend as they signed Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton to three year contract extensions and with their two biggest leaders and offensive producers signed for the foreseeable future the team can focus on their efforts on the ice come playoff time. San Jose has been business as usual and if not for a ridiculous season by the Anaheim Ducks who currently hold a nine point edge on their California rivals coming into Monday night they would be garnering more attention as a Stanley Cup favourite. However, like we saw with the Blue Jackets streak over the weekend the law of averages has to be incorporated at times and in this spot against a division rival coming off a shutout loss I think the Kings show up and with the value we’re getting it is way too much to pass on.