San Jose Sharks (19-11-5) at Los Angeles Kings (17-11-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -140 / San Jose Sharks +120 --- Over/Under: 5
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings square off Saturday night at the STAPLES Center.
The San Jose Sharks have won five of their last six games and play their fourth road game of the month. The Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The San Jose Sharks have five power play goals in their last six games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 16 goals, Joe Thornton has 22 assists and Logan Couture has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Alex Stalock has allowed 17 goals on 229 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up 62 goals on 746 shots. The Sharks have lost four of their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Kings have lost four of their last six games and are losing ground in the Pacific. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 13 goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have scored eight power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson has combined for 22 goals, Jeff Carter has 16 assists and Tyler Toffoli has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Martin Jones has allowed 15 goals on 190 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 66 goals on 832 shots.
The Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 24-7 in their last 31 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Kings are 70-32 in their last 102 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Sharks are 2-10 in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Sharks are simply playing the better hockey right now and would love nothing more than to pick up the rare win over one of their top rivals. Given the value and the way both teams are playing, San Jose has to be the pick here.