San Jose at Los Angeles NHL Betting Odds
On Friday night, the San Jose Sharks return to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal round. The Sharks took a commanding 3-1 lead in Game 4, scoring three times on the power play to win 3-2 on Wednesday night. This was a major shift from Game 3, when the Sharks lost 2-1 in overtime and went scoreless in five chances with the man advantage. Find out the updated NHL betting spread here.
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Odds
When: Friday, April 22, 2016, 10:30pm Eastern time
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Radio: TalkRadio 790 KABC AM
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on San Jose?
Martin Jones has been the man for San Jose in goal. The former Kings’ backup netminder has outdueled his former mentor, Jonathan Quick, and both goalies posted 26 saves in Game 4. Jones stopped 10 shots in the third period alone, keeping the big Kings rally from drawing the game level. The Sharks were also more passionate about their defense as a team, blocking shots in the third period so that they could not make it to the net at all. The salty passing that the Sharks showed, both at even strength and on the power play, shredded the Kings’ defense and gave the Sharks that breathing they needed to hold off the Kings late.
Why should you put your money on the Kings?
Even though the Kings went down 3-0 in Game 4, they mounted a huge comeback in the third period, putting the puck in the net twice, as Luke Schenn and Trevor Lewis put in goals 3:55 apart, and all of a sudden it was 3-2 with 13:16 to go. The Sharks’ defense stiffened at that point, stoning the Kings the rest of the way, but the fact that Los Angeles was able to put up so much offense in a short time on the road was a sign that they can still take control of this series if they put together an extended effort.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Kings have been a solid team all year long, even though the Ducks overtook them for the Pacific Division title. However, the Sharks appear to have their number, and their bounceback win in Game 4 gives them the momentum. I’m predicting a 4-3 Sharks win in Game 5 to shut the series down.