The San Jose Sharks (11-31-4) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (22-13-8) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 10:30 ET.
Sharks vs Kings
The San Jose Sharks Are Coming Off A Win
On the season, the Sharks have struggled mightily, coming into this game with a record of 11-31-4. In the Western Conference, they sit in 16th place and are 8th in the Pacific Division. On the road, San Jose has gone just 4-19-2.
Heading into this game, the Sharks have lost eight of their last ten games. Over their last five games, they have gone just 2-3. As the underdog, San Jose has gone 11-31-4 this season.
San Jose enters the game with an overall puck line record of 19-27 this season, including going 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games. So far, the Sharks have 27 losses by more than one goal compared to just three wins by multiple goals.
On the road, the Sharks have gone just 9-16 against the puck line this season and have an average scoring margin of -2.3 goals per game. In their last ten road games, San Jose has gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
Facing the Ducks in their last game, the Sharks won by a score of 5-3. In the opening period, the Sharks couldn’t find the net on offense, but they rebounded with three times in the second period and two goals in the third. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 19 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
San Jose was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 8 goals.
The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Kings have gone 8-8-5, and for the year, they are 22-13-8, putting them in 4th place in the Pacific Division and 7th in the Western Conference. In their last ten games, Los Angeles has gone just 2-8, and they have dropped two of their last three games.
When favored, the Kings have gone 16-10-5, and they have been favored in 31 of their 43 games this year. Against the Western Conference, Los Angeles has gone 13-8, and they have gone 6-4 in divisional games.
Los Angeles enters this game with an average scoring differential of +.6 goals per game. The Kings have 16 wins by multiple goals and have dropped 8 games by more than one goal. So far, the Kings have gone 20-23 against the puck line.
When playing at home, the Kings have gone just 8-13 against the puck line and have dropped their last three games vs. the puck line. Overall, the team’s puck line record as the favorite is 11-20, and they have gone just 2-8 against the puck line in their last ten games.
The Kings recently hosted the Rangers and emerged victorious with a 2-1 win. Looking at the Kings offense vs. the Rangers, they managed to score one goal in the opening period and one time in the second period. In the game, Los Angeles managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 26 shots on goal and committed 8 turnovers.
Los Angeles’ straight-up victory didn’t translate to covering the puck line in the game, despite being favored by -1.5. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 2 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. This season, the Sharks are 1-1 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-29 record.
The Sharks’ over/under record this season is 18-25-3. For the season, they have had 24 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Kings Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Kings are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 7th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Kings offense is 16th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the NHL.
The Kings come in with an over/under record of 16-26-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 22 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
San Jose Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 26th in takeaways at 5.8 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.8 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.
Los Angeles Team Defense
The Kings defense is currently 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 9th with 3 shutouts.
Sharks vs Kings Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, San Jose has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home contests, the Kings offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Los Angeles posted an overall record of 1-4 while going 0-5 ATS.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Kings have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-2.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Sharks have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
If you’re interested in a pure moneyline wager, then the Kings is the preferred option. However, with a payout of -368, it might be worth considering this bet as a component of a larger parlay.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Sharks to cover. Even if the Kings win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Sharks should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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