NHL Picks: Sharks vs. Kings in Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Monday, April 21, 2014 6:30 PM GMT

Los Angeles and San Jose will resume their playoff series on Tuesday night at the Staples Center. Our NHL betting odds guru analyzes this upcoming contest, and has an opinion as to who you should choose for your NHL sports pick in this contest.

A One-Sided Series Thus Far
The Kings will host the Sharks on Tuesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with the opening faceoff slated for 10:35 PM ET. This will be Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Series in which they Sharks hold a 2-0 lead. According to NHL betting odds the Kings are a -130 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0.

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Humiliating First 2-Game of the Series for the Kings
The Los Angeles Kings couldn’t have imagined even in their worst nightmares that this playoff series versus San Jose would get off to such a disastrous start. Not only did they lose both games but they were blown out in each contest by a cumulative score of 13-5. The 13-goals allowed in 2-games is quite shocking considering the Kings allowed the fewest goals in the entire NHL this season, and only allowed 8-goals combined in 5-games versus the Sharks during the regular season. Adding insult to injury has been the poor play of Jonathan Quick in goal. Quick has allowed 12-goals on 65-shots for a horrific .815 save percentage in the first 2-games. What’s even more mind boggling is the Kings failed to allow 6-goals or more in any game during this past regular season, and that streak went by the wayside in each of their first 2 playoff games.

Take a Look at the Sharks vs. Kings Series Price

A Dream Start for the Sharks
The San Jose Sharks couldn’t have written a better script compared to what’s transpired for them so far in their playoff series versus their bitter rival. They captured both games at home by scores of 6-3 and 7-2. They had stretches in the first 2-games of 5 and 7 unanswered goals being scored. The Sharks have seen 14 different players accumulate 2-points or more to start the series, led by Joe Pavelski with 4-points. The biggest thing that the Sharks have to guard against now is overconfidence. All they have to do is look back to last season’s playoffs for a wakeup call. The Kings trailed the Blues 2-0 in their quarterfinal series then strung together 4-wins in a row to advance. San Jose also has a bitter taste in their mouth after being eliminated by the Kings in 7-games during the Western Conference Semifinals a season ago.

 

Final Analysis
The old adage in sports is that no team is as good as it looked the game before, nor is a team as bad as it looked in its last game. In this particular instance the Kings are nowhere as bad as the last 2, and the Sharks are hardly as good as the previous 2. It’s basically a must win game for a Kings team that’s been there and done that in recent years during the playoffs, in addition to atone for a couple of embarrassing performances.

Free Hockey Pick: Kings -135 over the Sharks