The Kings are a well-balance team that features the 8th ranked defense, while coming it at 9th on offense. Meanwhile, the Sharks were more focused on their defensive unit, which was 7th best in the NHL this year. San Jose is a poor team offensively, ranking 22nd among 30 NHL squads this season.
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Now, let’s breakdown each team and their odds to win this series so we can determine if it is San Jose or Los Angeles that holds more value on the NHL betting board.
Los Angeles Kings (-150)
The Kings fell behind 2-0 in the first round to the St. Louis Blues before storming back to win the next four games to take the Conference Quarterfinals series in six, allowing them to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Not only are the Kings well rested after three days off, but also, they start this postseason series matchup with home ice advantage, something that hasn’t happened since the 1992 NHL campaign.
San Jose Jose (+130)
The Sharks made quick work of their first round opponents the Vancouver Canucks by sweeping the third-seeded team in four games, which earned them the opportunity to deny the Kings to repeat as champions in this second round matchup.
San Jose will rely heavily on its goaltender Antti Niemi to carry them through this series. The netminder was sensational this season, posting a career low 2.16 goals against average.
Head To Head
The Sharks and Kings locked horns in the playoffs for the first time two years ago and the results were positive for San Jose, who won in six games and advanced to the Conference Finals.
However, the Sharks have produced just one victory in their last five visits to Los Angeles.
The home team is a perfect 5-0 in the last five meetings.
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The Kings have been dominant on their home ice as of late, winning 10 consecutive and will be a higher seeded team then their opponent for the first time in the past three postseasons.
Los Angeles is a dangerous team in the playoffs, as they have already proven; and now that they will begin a series at home, they will be that much more difficult to beat in a seven game series.
NHL Free Series Pick:Los Angeles -150 to win in five games.