San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (22-10-4) at San Jose Sharks (18-11-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -125 / Los Angeles Kings +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, CSNCAL
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Los Angeles Kings look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Tyler Toffoli has nine assists and Dustin Brown has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 86.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 61 goals on 849 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 19 goals on 287 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The San Jose Sharks look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 15 goals, Joe Thornton has 17 assists and Joe Pavelski has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 18 goals on 297 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 57 goals on 647 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Kings are 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games, 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Kings are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings, the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 3-0-4 in the last 7 meetings.
We're getting plus money with the team in much better form, and the road team has won each of the last four meetings between these two in-state rivals. The Sharks have been getting lit up on the defensive end as of late, and the Kings have been very consistent over the last several weeks, which includes wins in 10 of their last 13 tries. You have to love the value of the plus money here.