San Jose at Los Angeles NHL Betting Guide

Posted by Aaron . on April 15, 2016 in

On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Kings welcome the San Jose Sharks to the Staples Center for Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Sharks came into town and swiped a Game 1 victory, showing once again their resilience on the road. The Kings need to even up the series if they want to avoid the chance of a sweep in San Jose in Games 3 and 4. Find the latest NHL betting odds here.

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Guide

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:30pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: KHTS 1220 AM Los Angeles
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Why should you bet on San Jose?

The Sharks won the opener, 4-3, showing that they may well have driven the demons of their 2014 collapse against those Kings out of their mind. Back then, the Sharks went up 3-0 in that first round series but ended up losing in Game 7. In Game 1 this year, it was Joe Pavelski who delivered the game-winner, scoring just after the start of the third period for his second goal of the night. The Sharks came out determined from the opening whistle, and their puck possession was better, as they only had eight turnovers while the Kings had 20. They also won five more face-offs than the Kings. Some were worried about the Sharks’ goalie, Martin Jones, playing in his first postseason series as a starter, and while he did permit three goals, he won the duel of the night.

Why should you put your money on the Kings?

The Kings need to figure out a way to deal with the offensive onslaught that the Sharks were bringing in Game 1. That fusillade of shots overwhelmed normally steady netminder Jonathan Quick, and he gave up an uncharacteristic four goals. The Kings’ blueliners were on their heels the whole night, as the Sharks’ attack kept coming in wave after wave. They did get a shorthanded goal from Trevor Lewis, which showed that if they are willing to make the Sharks pay for taking risks, they could find a path to victory that way.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Kings to find their defensive legs in Game 2 and find a way to even the series by getting in Martin Jones’ head. I’m predicting a 3-2 Kings victory.