San Jose Sharks (26-16-2) at Los Angeles Kings (22-18-4)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 18, 2017, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under:
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The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings renew hostilities at the Staples Center on Wednesday night in a show down of Pacific division rivals.
The Sharks look to even the score in a show down with their arch rivals on Wednesday night as the Kings have had the better of them so far this season and with San Jose slated to play again on Thursday night they will look to head into the weekend with some momentum and keep up appearances atop the Pacific division. San Jose acquired Martin Jones from the Kings before the start of last season and he has been excellent since the move and you can be sure that every time he matches up against the Kings he will look to bump his play and give his new team some confidence in front of him. San Jose will send Jones to the crease here as he will face off against Petr Budaj who has been thrown into the starter’s role in the early going this season after the injury to Jonathan Quick.
The Kings meanwhile have had a bit of a disappointing start to the season and need to find their groove in a hurry if they’re going to make a push at a playoff spot in the Western Conference but they have turned things around of late. The Kings are 5-1 in their last six against the Western Conference and a perfect 4-0 against teams with a winning record in their last four contests but the Sharks are a step ahead of them in the standings and got the best of them in the playoffs last season. Los Angeles is a disappointing 2-8 in their last 10 Wednesday games though and with a day off on Thursday they know they need to rectify that and get a big two points at home against the Sharks tonight.
The Sharks are 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win and 2-5 in their last seven against the Western Conference while the Kings are 7-16 in their last 23 after scoring two or less goals in their last game and 4-1 in their last five when their opponent scores five or more in their previous game. San Jose is the better team here but the Kings seem to have their number and at home I like Los Angeles to keep it rolling.