NHL Picks: Kings vs. Sharks in Game 7

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:49 PM GMT

San Jose and Los Angeles will battle in a Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals for the 2nd consecutive year. Our resident NHL sports betting guru breaks down the particulars of this mammoth game, and has a strong opinion on a NHL free pick.

A Game 7 for the Ages
The Sharks will host the Kings on Wednesday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California with the opening face-off slated for 10:05 PM ET. This will be the deciding 7th game of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series which is tied at 3-games apiece. According to NHL betting odds the Sharks are a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0.

 

Completing a Historic Comeback
There have been just 3-teams that have comeback from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. The Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942, the New York Islanders in 1975, and the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. The Los Angeles Kings will attempt to be just the 4th team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to accomplish that remarkable feat when they take to the ice in San Jose on Wednesday evening. After losing the first 3-games of the series by a combined score of 17-8, the Kings have roared back to win the next 3 in emphatic fashion. They’ve turned the tide in this series by outscoring San Jose by a wide 13-4 margin in those 3-games. The Kings aren’t only getting it done offensively, but have resurrected their stifling defensive style, and have seen star goaltender Jonathan Quick look to be revitalized over the last 3-games.

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Attempting not to be Part of History
The San Jose Sharks will certainly be facing an enormous amount of pressure on Wednesday night. Not only will they be playing in a Game 7, but will attempt to avoid being just the 4th team in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to lose a best-of-7 series after holding a 3-0 lead. They can take some comfort in knowing that they’re 31-12 on home ice this season, and have defeated the Kings in 10 of the last 12 meetings at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks are also a very profitable 15-3 at home the last 2 seasons when the total is 5.0 or less.

 

NHL Betting System
Any home favorite in the 2nd half of the season, versus an opponent with a 0.2 or better goal per game differential during the 1st period of contests on the season, and they allowed 1-goal or less in each of their previous 2-games, has gone 45-11 (80.4%) during the last 18 seasons. Bet Sharks over Kings for Hockey picks.

Free NHL Pick: Sharks -140 over the Kings