Los Angeles at San Jose NHL Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on April 19, 2016 in

On Wednesday night, the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Sharks took the first two games in Los Angeles, but the Kings stormed back with a big overtime win in San Jose in game 3, prevailing 2-1 at 3:47 of overtime when Tanner Pearson lit the lamp. Find the latest NHL online betting lines here.

Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks NHL Odds Analysis

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:30pm Eastern time
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Radio: Classic Rock KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com



Why should you bet on Los Angeles?

Two years ago, the Kings fell behind the Sharks in the Western Conference quarterfinals, 3-0, and then won four straight to take the series — and they rode that momentum all the way to a Stanley Cup title. A lot of the Kings are still on this team, and it will be interesting to see if the Sharks come out in tight in Game 4, afraid to see the same thing happen — and almost guaranteeing that it will come true. The Kings have an offense that keeps coming in waves, and while the Sharks did a solid job combating that with physicality in Games 1 and 2, they have to make that commitment again, or else the Kings will win Game 4.

Why should you put your money on the Sharks?

Even though Jonathan Quick posted 29 saves for the Kings on Game 3, you can argue that his counterpart, Martin Jones, has had the better series. After all, he stoned the Kings in Games 1 and 2, and the overtime goal in Game 3 came on a 2-on-1 breakaway when the Sharks coughed up the puck in the neutral zone, and the Kings’ first goal came on a power play where the Sharks’ D forgot to keep a close eye on Anze Kopitar. If the Sharks can get their defense back in line in Game 4, they should still be able to head to L.A. for Game 5 with a 3-1 series lead.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Now that the Kings have picked up a win in the series, I like them to keep that offensive momentum from the third period and overtime going. I’m predicting a 3-2 Los Angeles victory.