San Jose Sharks (5-5-1) at Los Angeles Kings (3-6-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -113 / San Jose Sharks +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with six goals, Evander Kane has five assists and Brent Burns has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed 24 goals on 196 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 13 goals on 156 shots.
The Los Angeles Kings look to snap a five-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with six goals, Anze Kopitar has 12 assists and Jeff Carter has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 22 goals on 166 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 17 goals on 227 shots.
The Sharks are 5-11 in their last 16 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win. The Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The over is 9-4 in Sharks last 13 overall. The over is 4-1 in Kings last 5 overall. The Sharks are 12-2 in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks aren't the most consistent team in the world and have offensive issues they need to improve, but they're playing better than the Kings, have owned them over the years and just beat them in overtime on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Kings can't get out of their own way and their goaltenders continue to stink up the joint. And if anything else, we're getting plus money to fade a team riding a five-game losing streak. I'll take the Sharks.