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San Jose Sharks vs. L.A. Kings
NHL: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM EST
After a six game, win streak the Sharks have lost their last two games and they have given up 11 goals in their last two games. They gave up seven goals in their last game and to add insult to injury their last two games were at home. San Jose has been all about the offense on the season, as they rank 2nd in the league in goals per game, but only 21st in goals allowed. Even in losing three in a row San Jose has the 2nd most points in the Western Conference and have already qualified for the playoffs.
The Kings have lost three in a row and six of their last seven games and their nightmare season is coming to a close. They have the fewest points in the NHL and they are the only team in the Western Conference already out of the playoffs. L.A. has not been good on either side of the ice on the season and they rank 2nd to last in the league in goals per game.
The Sharks have won five of their last six games facing the Kings.
Giving it up early and late
In their last game, the Sharks were at home losing to the Vegas Golden Knights where they gave up three goals in the first and 3rd periods. They only had three fewer shots in the game (42-39) and they gave up three goals on Vegas’ six power play chances. Logan Couture scored two goals in the losing effort and Joe Thornton scored the other goal for San Jose. Martin Jones (34-15-5 2.91 GAA) was yanked after only 12 minutes in the loss giving up three goals on only 11 shots and Aaron Dell (9-7-3 3.10 GAA) came in and gave up three goals on 30 shots. Jones has given up 10 goals in his last three starts, which were all San Jose losses.
Brent Burns leads the team in points and assists and while he has two assists in his last two games he only has two assists and no goals in his last six games. On the season, the Sharks are 20-14-3 on the road.
Shocker, Kings’ offense struggles again
The Kings were at home in their last game losing to the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 where, like for the whole season, the offense struggled. They only took 17 shots in the game and allowed 28 and they gave up a goal on the only power play opportunity they gave the Jets. Dustin Brown and Sean Walker scored for the Kings and Jack Campbell (7-13-1 2.26 GAA) took the loss giving up three goals on 28 shots. #1 G Jonathan Quick (13-21-6 3.30 GAA) has had a bad season in between the pipes and he has given up seven goals in his last two starts.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) March 19, 2019
Anze Kopitar leads L.A. in both points and goals and he has a goal and two assists in his last two games. Brown ranks 2nd on the club in goals and he has a goal in three of his last four games including his last two. This season, the Kings are 13-20-3 at home.
The L.A. Kings are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Pacific
- 0-5 in their last 5 games as a home underdog
- 0-5 in their last 5 home games
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 9-2 in their last 11 road games
- 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite
- 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Sharks were throttled on home ice in their last game, but they are 4-0 in their last four games after giving up five or more goals their previous game. On top of that they face a reeling Kings team that has lost their last five home games. Playing the weak Kings is just what the Dr. ordered for the Sharks, who will get the win snapping their two-game skid and sending L.A, to yet another loss.
Prediction: PICK: Sharks
Full-Game Total Pick
A couple of the key head to head trends in this game point to the Under and why buck those trends? San Jose will play much better on D than they have in their last two games and it helps to face a Kings team that has major issues on offense. This will not be a high scoring game and on home ice even in the loss L.A. will play pretty good defense. Take the Under in this Western Conference matchup, which will be far from a shootout.
Prediction: PICK: Under