NHL odds makers at bet365 have posted a number favoring the Kings by -150 on the money line, while bettors backing the Sharks will take +140.
The puck line has the Kings giving up 1½ goals with a nice return of +210. Of course, backing Los Angeles on the puck line requires them to win by at least 2 goals for the wager to pay off as a winner.
Let’s take a closer look at both teams so we can determine if it’s the Sharks, Kings or perhaps the total that holds the best value for our NHL picks in this matchup.
San Jose suffered its first loss of the 2013 playoffs in Game 1 against the Kings (2-0) after sweeping the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. The loss was also the 17th time in the team’s history that they have been shutout in a game during the postseason.
Furthermore, the Sharks moved to 1-5 in their last six versus the Kings when meeting them in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles continues its sensational play at the Staples Center, winning 11 straight, which includes their final seven during the regular season, three in a row in the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues and one more against the Sharks in Game 1 this past Tuesday.
The Kings own a stellar 38-13 record in their last 51 games played on their home ice.
The last ten meetings between these rivals have produced high scoring affairs with a record of 7-2-1 eclipsing the total.
San Jose is 7-1-3 under in their last 11 games played on the highway, while Los Angeles is 7-1-2 under in their last 10 games overall.
The Kings are clicking at the right time and seem unbeatable at home, as they continue their quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Meanwhile, the Sharks felt good entering this second round matchup after sweeping the Canucks, but I expect the Kings to make quick work of San Jose in this series and should easily pick up a win in this game tonight, while taking a commanding lead in the series.
NHL Pick: Kings -150 at bet365
Take a look at our Sharks vs. Kings Series Price & Picks to find out how we expect the series to end.