Sharks at Kings - 4/14/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (46-30-6) at Los Angeles Kings (48-28-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -150 / San Jose Sharks +130 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings meet late Thursday night in game one of the playoffs.
The San Jose Sharks enter the playoffs winning five of their last seven games. 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 38 goals, Brent Burns has 48 assists and Patrick Marleau has 216 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 143 goals on 1,734 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings enter the playoffs splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 31 goals, Anze Kopitar has 49 assists and Jeff Carter has 242 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 149 goals on 1,820 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 31 goals on 398 shots. Quick has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 25-10 in their last 35 road games. The Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 11-4 in their last 15 home games. The Sharks are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Sharks don't play well in Los Angeles, and the Kings are a lot like the Blackhawks in which they turn into a different team come playoff time. Like most game ones, I like the home team to strike first blood here.