Los Angeles vs San Jose: Kings and Sharks NHL Pacific Division Duel
Los Angeles Kings: Return home after a long road journey
Riding a four game winning streak at home, Los Angeles went on the road where they played six contests over twelve days. It’s a pit-stop in SoCal though as the Kings get a four day break and then visit Arizona before making three stops in Western Canada to close out 2015. When their 24 day odyssey is over the Kings will have racked up 10,358 air miles. Los Angeles posted a decent 3-2-1 mark during their road trip but one has to believe the 5-0 embarrassment versus the lowly Leafs in Toronto on Saturday night will have the Kings in a grumpy mood tonight. The Kings are leading the Pacific Division but they are ten points behind Dallas for top spot overall in the Western Conference.
San Jose Shark: Inconsistent rollercoaster style season continues in Northern California
Continuing a long roadie of their own, San Jose are visitors for the fifth time in a span of eight days tonight. The Sharks are one of the streakiest teams in the NHL as their winning runs of four and five games have been offset by streaks of three and six losses. Following a level 5-5-0 record in October, San Jose went on a 9-4-0 roll in November and they were one point behind the Kings in the Pacific Division. A dismal December has erased the gains though as the Sharks are 2-6-2 this month and now sit eight points out of first place. Following a 4-2 loss in Ottawa on Friday, San Jose last played on Sunday as they dropped a 4-3 (OT) decision versus the Blackhawks in Chicago.
Los Angeles vs San Jose NHL Prediction: The Sharks are just one point up on third place Vancouver and two up on Arizona and Calgary who are tied for fourth in the crazy Pacific Division playoff race. Six Central Division teams have more points than San Jose – three of them have more than the Kings. Jonathan Quick (17-8-1 GAA 2.19) who sat out the Kings 4-1 win over the Sharks on October 22, is looking for personal redemption after the Sharks lit him up for five goals during the Kings 5-1 season opening loss. Quick has been solid as he’s posted a 6-1-0 record with a 1.95 GAA and .927 SV% over his last seven starts. Martin Jones (14-10-2 GAA 2.37) starts for the Sharks and he is 1-1-0 versus the Kings this season. Jones has been in a mini meltdown as he is 2-4-2 and has allowed three or more goals in five of his last eight outings. Expecting a close contest, we are backing the Kings with a 500 unit wager on the money line price posted at SportsInteraction.
Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks – SportsInteraction NHL Betting Lines
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