The San Jose Sharks will be looking for their fifth straight win over the Los Angeles Kings when these teams meet on Friday. San Jose has won four in a row over L.A., including a 3-2 victory back on April 3.
Here you can find the best picks, news, and stats for this West Division battle at the SAP Center at San Jose. San Jose is the favorite at -130. This according to PointsBet Sportsbook, which puts the odds for Los Angeles at +110 as the underdog.
Los Angeles will be without three defensemen who were lost in the last week. That includes Tobias Bjornfot, listed as questionable for Friday, and Matt Roy and Olli Maatta who are both listed as out. San Jose may be without second-leading scorer Logan Couture, who is listed as questionable. Left-wing Marcus Sorensen and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic are also listed as questionable.
Kings Rally to Beat Coyotes
The Los Angeles Kings (15-17-6) rallied for three goals in the final period to defeat Arizona, 4-3. Drew Doughty, Kale Clague, and Trevor Moore each had two assists in the victory. Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 27 shots.
The Kings are 18th in goals per game at 2.71 and are 18th in shooting percentage at 9.1%. L.A. is 13th on the power play at 22.1%. With two assists, Doughty is second on the team in points with 30. He has three points total over his last three games, snapping a four-game scoreless drought.
Los Angeles is 16th in goals allowed per game at 2.87 and is fourth in penalty killing at 84.7%. Calvin Petersen will be between the pipes. Petersen is 7-9-4 with a 2.57 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Sharks Dominated by Ducks
The San Jose Sharks (17-17-4) look to rebound after being handled by the Anaheim Ducks, 5-1. Patrick Marleau had the only goal of the game for the Sharks. Martin Jones gave up four goals on 33 shots.
The Sharks are 22nd in goals per game at 2.66 and are 21st in shooting percentage at 8.9%. The team is 23rd on the power play at 18.1%. Evander Kane leads the team in points with 33. He is the team leader in goals with 16 and assists with 17.
San Jose is 28th in goals allowed per game at 3.29 and they are 15th in penalty killing at 79.8%. Jones will likely be back in goal. He is 14-8-2 with a 3.07 GAA and a .904 save percentage. He had allowed four total goals in his previous three games.
- 2-6 in their last eight games.
- 21-48 in their last 69 games on the road.
- 4-1 in their last five games.
- 4-1 in their last five games at home.
San Jose is playing very well at home of late. They lost the Anaheim earlier in the week but had won four straight games at home prior to the loss. The Kings have been struggling of late and they are going to be thin on the blueline, not a good situation for a team struggling defensively. San Jose has won four of the last five meetings between these teams in San Jose.
Pick: Take San Jose at -130.
These teams have gone under in 16 of the last 28 meetings in San Jose. The Kings have gone under in eight of their last 11 games. In three of the last four meetings between these teams, the total has gone under 5.5. Jones struggled in his last start but had been solid prior to that. Petersen has looked good of late.
Pick: Go under 5.5 goals at -110.