San Jose at Los Angeles NHL Betting Guide

San Jose at Los Angeles NHL Betting Guide

Written by on April 13, 2016

On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Kings welcome the San Jose Sharks to town for Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal round. The Sharks won three of the five meetings between the teams, although the Kings hold the home ice advantage. The Sharks outscored the Kings, 18-13, in their five meetings, although the Kings outshot San Jose, 230-209. Find out the latest NHL betting odds here.

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Guide

When: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10:30pm ETWhere: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CATV: CNBC, CBCRadio: KHTS AM 1220 Los AngelesLive Stream: NHL-Stream.comNHL Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Sharks?

The Sharks have a diverse and powerful offense, as they have split Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton among three different lines. Brent Burns is one of the best scoring defensemen in the league, and the end result is a team that is scary on three lines. The Sharks also have one of the best six-man defensive corps in the NHL, which will give them a leg up against a Kings offense that has sputtered a bit down the stretch.

Why should you put your money on Los Angeles?

The Kings are a puck possession team from beginning to end. Their offensive weapons, Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar, are among the most talented in the NHL, so if they can figure out a way around the Sharks’ defense, they will find a way to win this series. The Kings also have the more seasoned goaltender in Jonathan Quick, who has his name on Stanley Cup. The Sharks bring Martin Jones, the former Kings’ backup who is completing his first season as a starter for San Jose.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Sharks to skate into the Staples Center and come away with an upset win. I’m predicting a 3-2 San Jose win.