San Jose Sharks (0-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (0-0-0)
|Date & Time||Friday October 5, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -125 / San Jose Sharks +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks pay a visit to the Los Angeles Kings in a west coast NHL tilt.
The San Jose Sharks struggled at both ends of the ice in a 5-2 defeat to visiting Anaheim in their season opener. The Ducks broke a 2-2 tie with three third period goals. Max Comtois, Rickard Rakell, Brandon Montour, Adam Henrique and Carter Downey all scored for Anaheim.
The Sharks saw Evander Kane score in the first while Tomas Hertl lit the lamp on an unassisted tally in the second. Martin Jones was charged with four goals on only 14 shots to absorb the loss for San Jose while John Gibson picked up the win with a 32 save performance.
Fans of the Los Angeles Kings know that this team must control the scoreboard to have the most success. Los Angeles was just 17th in goals scored a season ago which puts a lot of emphasis on keeping the puck out of their own net.
The Kings were 45-29-8 in 2017-18 but were booted from the playoffs by Vegas in the first round. The question is whether Anze Kopitar can score 30+ goals again and what does Ilya Kovalchuk bring to the table.
Dustin Brown was dependable with 28 goals and Jeff Carter looks to stay healthy after playing just 27 games a year ago. Jonathan Quick is back as the Kings top goalie and he and Drew Doughty along with the rest of the defense will be forced to carry the load if the offense falters.
Over is 3-0-1 in Sharks last 4 road games and over is 8-0 in Sharks last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-1 in Sharks last 6 following a home loss of 3 or more goals. Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Pacific and Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 overall. Under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and Sharks are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles and under is 7-1-5 in the last 13 meetings.
I’m not sure this is the greatest betting opportunity but I’ll back the Sharks as small road dogs…