San Jose Sharks (22-12-1) at Los Angeles Kings (17-15-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 31, 2016, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -133 / San Jose Sharks +108 --- Over/Under:
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The San Jose Sharks look to build on their win at home last night against the Philadelphia Flyers as they head into the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings.
The Sharks played one of their better games of the season last night as they blanked the Philadelphia Flyers at home last night on the back of Aaron Dell who recorded the shutout in the San Jose crease, and they will look for an encore here against their arch rivals from Los Angeles. The Sharks will likely go back to Martin Jones here as he will look for another victory against his former team and with the way his team has been playing of late you can be sure he will be playing with a ton of confidence against a very good Los Angeles side. San Jose is 23-12-1 on the season and are looking like a group worthy of repeating as Western Conference champions.
The Kings meanwhile have been inconsistent to start the season and while they have the personnel to be among the league’s best they haven’t been able to generate a sustainable level of play on a nightly basis. Los Angeles is still reeling from the fallout of former stalwart defenseman Slava Voynov whose off ice troubles forced him from the game and his void has certainly been felt as the Kings back end relies way too much on the likes of Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin. Los Angeles will likely send Petr Budaj to the crease here as he has been filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick and he will have his work cut out for him here as the Sharks are playing very well.
The Sharks are 7-1 in their last eight overall and 8-1 in their last nine playing in a back to back while the Kings are 4-0 in their last four Saturday games but 1-5 in their last six overall. The line here is off as the Sharks are the better team and have dominated in double headers and they add to that stat in this one.