The NHL is set up with a strong slate of hockey throughout March 12. Ten games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 9:30 PM Eastern time.
Los Angeles has earned a record of 32-19-8 so far this season, which has them in second place of the Pacific division. The Kings are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a three game winning streak. Los Angeles is five points back on the top spot of the division. The Kings will look to come out fast on the road in this one.
The Sharks have put up a record of 25-25-7 throughout the season, which has them in seventh place of the Pacific division. San Jose is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. The Sharks have struggled to get much going after the All-Star break. San Jose will look to build off their last win in this one.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the Pacific division standings and will look to grab a big win in this one. The Kings have been hot as of late moving up the standings. San Jose has fallen out of the playoff picture and will need a strong push late if they want a chance. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Los Angeles Kings||-1 ½ (+185)||-137||Over 5 ½ (-120)|
|San Jose Sharks||+1 ½ (-215)||+124||Under 5 ½ (+109)|
|Team Data||Los Angeles Kings||San Jose Sharks|
|Away/ Home Record||18-7-5||12-12-4|
|Goals Per Game||2.93||2.58|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||2.90||2.41|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.910||.893|
Los Angeles Kings
- 3-2 in March
- 8-6 on Saturday
- 6-7 against divisional opponents
- 7-5 after a divisional game
- 9-6 after allowing four goals or more
- 16-5 against team with a losing record
San Jose Sharks
- 1-3 in March
- 4-8 on Saturday
- 5-9 against divisional opponents
- 3-10 after a divisional game
- 5-12 after scoring four goals or more
- 11-20 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. San Jose hosted the first game on January 17. Timo Meier scored five goals, while Tomas Hertl had four assists. The Sharks earned a 6-2 win. The second game shifted to Los Angeles on March 10. Alexander Barabanov, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl all had a goal and an assist as San Jose won 4-3 in overtime.
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The Kings have struggled on special teams throughout the season. Los Angeles has scored on 30 of their 181 power play chances, which is a 16.6 percent success rate. The Kings have killed off 123 of their opponents 163 power play attempts, which is a 75.5 percent penalty kill. Los Angeles is 28th on the man advantage and 25th on the penalty kill.
San Jose has been solid on special teams so far this season. The Sharks have capitalized on 30 of their 154 power play opportunities, which is a 19.5 percent power play. San Jose has given up 20 power play goals on 151 penalties against, which is an 86.8 percent kill rate. The Sharks are 21st on the power play and 2nd on the kill this season.
The Sharks have the edge on special teams entering this one with the better power play and penalty kill. Los Angeles has struggled to get going on either side of special teams and will look to step up in this one. The Kings will look for their power play to break through in this one. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.
Calvin Petersen will likely get the start in the crease for the Kings in this one. Petersen has started in 25 games this season, going 16-8-1 in those matchups. He has posted a .904 save percentage and a GAA of 2.60 in those starts. Petersen’s last start was against the Boston Bruins. He stopped 30 of 32 shots in route to the win.
I expect Adin Hill to get the nod between the pipes for San Jose on Saturday night. Hill has earned a record of 9-11-1 throughout his 21 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .901 and a 2.78 GAA in his starts. Hill finished with 14 saves on 17 shots in his last start against the Seattle Kraken, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season. Petersen has been a bit better on the season and will look for a fast start in this one. Petersen has won two games in a row, while Hill has lost his last four starts. Both goalies will look to get going early in this one. If either goalie can come out fast, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.
These two teams are meeting in the second half of a back to back. San Jose was able to earn a win in the first meeting on the road and will look to win the season series in this one. The Kings have been the better team though and will look to bounce back. If Los Angeles can come out fast on the road, I think they can earn a win in this one.
BetOnline has the Kings listed as a -137 against the money line in this one. This implies that Los Angeles will win this game around 57.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be bigger in favor of the Kings. Los Angeles has been much better on the season and will look to bounce back in this one. As slight favorites, I really like the value on the Kings.