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Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks prediction 12-27-23 NHL Picks

Los Angeles Kings (19-7-4) vs San Jose Sharks (9-22-3)
2023-12-27 22:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -385 / San Jose Sharks +290 --- Over/Under: 6
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The San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday night. Who comes out on top in this Pacific division tilt? Let’s dive in and find out with our Sharks vs. Kings Prediction.

San Jose Sharks Team Preview

The San Jose Sharks come into this one looking to snap a five-game losing streak after a 7-4 loss at the hands of Vancouver in their last matchup. Tomas Hertl has a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists for his team-leading 27 points while Fabian Zetterlund has 14 points with 9 goals. Mikael Granlund has 23 points with a team-high 19 assists while William Eklund also has 16 points with 7 goals and 9 assists on the year. MacKenzie Blackwood’s gone 4-14-2 between the pipes for the Sharks this season, posting a 3.92 GAA and an .889 save percentage while Kaapo Kahkonen is 5-8-1 with a 3.61 GAA and an .899 save percentage this season.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

The Sharks have lost 22 of their last 25 night games against Pacific Division opponents.
The underdogs have covered the puck line in 20 of the Sharks’ last 21 games at Crypto.com Arena.
The Sharks have lost the second period in five of their last six games against Pacific Division opponents.
The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 3′ market has hit in each of the Sharks’ last 10 games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.

Los Angeles Kings Team Preview

The Los Angeles Kings come into this one looking to build on their 5-3 win over Calgary last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 31 points including 13 goals and 18 assists while Kevin Fiala has 29 points with a team-high 23 assists. Adrian Kempe has 28 points with 9 goals and 19 assists while Trevor Moore has 25 points with a team-high 16 goals. Quinton Byfield also has 25 points with 10 goals and 15 assists. Cam Talbot has posted a 14-6-2 mark in goal for the Kings this season with a 2.06 GAA and a .925 save percentage while Pheonix Copley is 4-1-2 with a 3.16 GAA and a .870 save percentage as well this season.

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

The Kings have lost seven of their last eight night games at Crypto.com Arena following a win.
The underdogs have covered the puck line in 20 of the last 21 games between the Sharks and Kings at Crypto.com Arena.
The Kings have won the second period in five of their last six games against Pacific Division opponents.
The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in eight of the Kings’ last nine games following a home win.

Matchup/League Facts

The Los Angeles Kings rank 1st in the league for goals against per game this season (2.37).
The Los Angeles Kings rank 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (86.60%).
The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals per game this season (2.15).
The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (4.03).

Sharks vs. Kings Prediction

I am on the Kings -1.5 here. The Sharks could probably have used the break as they were sliding big time heading into the holidays, but that doesn’t mean things are going to start clicking for this team out of the gate. The Kings are the far better team, and although they’ve had the bulk of their success on the road, I think there’s just too much of a gap here to suggest backing the Sharks. Give me Los Angeles -1.5 here.

 

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Los Angeles -1.5

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Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks prediction 12-27-23 NHL Picks

Los Angeles Kings (19-7-4) vs San Jose Sharks (9-22-3)
2023-12-27 22:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -385 / San Jose Sharks +290 --- Over/Under: 6
(Get latest betting odds)

The San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday night. Who comes out on top in this Pacific division tilt? Let’s dive in and find out with our Sharks vs. Kings Prediction.

San Jose Sharks Team Preview

The San Jose Sharks come into this one looking to snap a five-game losing streak after a 7-4 loss at the hands of Vancouver in their last matchup. Tomas Hertl has a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists for his team-leading 27 points while Fabian Zetterlund has 14 points with 9 goals. Mikael Granlund has 23 points with a team-high 19 assists while William Eklund also has 16 points with 7 goals and 9 assists on the year. MacKenzie Blackwood’s gone 4-14-2 between the pipes for the Sharks this season, posting a 3.92 GAA and an .889 save percentage while Kaapo Kahkonen is 5-8-1 with a 3.61 GAA and an .899 save percentage this season.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have lost 22 of their last 25 night games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in 20 of the Sharks’ last 21 games at Crypto.com Arena.
  • The Sharks have lost the second period in five of their last six games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 3′ market has hit in each of the Sharks’ last 10 games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.

Los Angeles Kings Team Preview

The Los Angeles Kings come into this one looking to build on their 5-3 win over Calgary last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 31 points including 13 goals and 18 assists while Kevin Fiala has 29 points with a team-high 23 assists. Adrian Kempe has 28 points with 9 goals and 19 assists while Trevor Moore has 25 points with a team-high 16 goals. Quinton Byfield also has 25 points with 10 goals and 15 assists. Cam Talbot has posted a 14-6-2 mark in goal for the Kings this season with a 2.06 GAA and a .925 save percentage while Pheonix Copley is 4-1-2 with a 3.16 GAA and a .870 save percentage as well this season.

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The Kings have lost seven of their last eight night games at Crypto.com Arena following a win.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in 20 of the last 21 games between the Sharks and Kings at Crypto.com Arena.
  • The Kings have won the second period in five of their last six games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in eight of the Kings’ last nine games following a home win.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Kings rank 1st in the league for goals against per game this season (2.37).
  • The Los Angeles Kings rank 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (86.60%).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals per game this season (2.15).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (4.03).

Sharks vs. Kings Prediction

I am on the Kings -1.5 here. The Sharks could probably have used the break as they were sliding big time heading into the holidays, but that doesn’t mean things are going to start clicking for this team out of the gate. The Kings are the far better team, and although they’ve had the bulk of their success on the road, I think there’s just too much of a gap here to suggest backing the Sharks. Give me Los Angeles -1.5 here.

 

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Los Angeles -1.5

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Peter Trans is an acclaimed Expert NBA Handicapper, renowned for his insightful analysis and predictions in the world of professional basketball. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the game, Peter has established himself as a trusted authority among basketball enthusiasts and bettors alike. His expertise is showcased on SportsChatPlace.com, where he provides in-depth game analyses, betting tips, and forecasts that are both highly informative and remarkably accurate.

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