Los Angeles Kings (12-20-3) at San Jose Sharks (19-12-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -230 / Los Angeles Kings +196 --- Over/Under: 6
NBCS, Sportsnet One
The Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Kings will be looking to build some momentum after a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. Austin Wagner opened the scoring for the Kings and helped take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Winnipeg would tie the game early in the 2nd period, but that’s all of the scoring Winnipeg would do as Alex Iafallo helped L.A. retake the lead and Wagner scored his 2nd to give the Kings a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Nate Thompson added an empty netter with less than :05 to go for good measure to seal the deal for the Kings. Jonathan Quick got the win to improve to 3-8-2 after stopping 27 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort.
The San Jose Sharks will be looking for a bounce back here after falling to the same Winnipeg Jets by a final score of 5-3 in their last time out. Winnipeg opened the scoring in the opening minute of the game, but the lead lasted all of :45 before Evander Kane tied the game at 1-1 and Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 2-1 advantage just after the midway point of the period.San Jose’s lead wouldn’t make it to the intermission as the Jets scored a pair of goals 1:12 apart to take a 3-2 lead after the opening frame. Joonas Donskoi tied the game at 3-3 just before the end of the 2nd period, but the Sharks wouldn’t break through as Winnipeg struck twice in the last 3:07, including once on an empty net for insurance to send the Sharks back empty handed. Martin Jones took the loss, falling to 14-8-3 this season after allowing 4 goals on 24 shots in defeat.
Los Angeles is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 5-17 in their last 22 road games while the under is 16-5-1 in their last 22 division games. San Jose is 27-10 in their last 37 division games and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Los Angeles is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Los Angeles may have turned the corner with a win over Winnipeg, but I need to see more consistency on a positive note before instilling any faith in the Kings. On the other hand San Jose has been playing really well up until the loss to Winnipeg, and have done a solid job against the rest of the division dating back some time now, but this is a steep price considering the road team’s success and that these two teams tend to play each other very close. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as these two teams rarely combine for more than five goals when they face off.