The NHL is set up with a solid night of action on Wednesday. Five games are up on the board throughout March 24. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
Los Angeles has started out this season with a record of 13-12-6, which has them sitting in fifth place of the West Division. The Kings are coming off a loss and have lost four of their last six. Los Angeles is only five points behind St. Louis, who is in the fifth seed. The Kings will look to close that gap with a big win in this one on Wednesday night.
The Sharks have put up a record of 12-14-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the West Division. San Jose is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a four game losing streak. The Sharks will look to bounce back with another win in this one. I expect San Jose to try and come out fast in this one as they look for a big win.
These two teams have been around .500 throughout this season, which should lead to a good game in this one. Both of these teams can still get back into the playoff race, but they need to string together some wins before it gets too late. I expect Los Angeles and San Jose will come out quickly in this one as they look for an important win.
The Kings and the Sharks have met up three times throughout this season. Los Angeles hosted the first game on February 9. Dustin Brown had two goals and an assist, but it was not enough. Logan Couture had a goal and an assist as these two teams met up in overtime. Couture scored the shootout winner to lift San Jose to a 4-3 win.
The second game of the season series stayed in Los Angeles on February 11. Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks, but it was not enough. Drew Doughty had three assists on the night. Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Carl Grundstrom and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist on the night. Calvin Petersen stopped 29 of 31 shots as the Kings earned a 6-2 win at home.
San Jose hosted the third game of the season series on March 22. Logan Couture opened up the scoring for the Sharks, but Matt Roy tied it up for Los Angeles in the second period. Ryan Donato scored the game winner in the third to lift San Jose to the win. Martin Jones stopped 41 of 42 shots as the Sharks earned a 2-1 win.
These two teams have already met up three times throughout this season. San Jose has been able to win two of the three games so far. The Sharks will look to keep that up with a win in this one. Los Angeles will look to come out stronger in this one. The Kings will need to get their offense going quicker in this one if they want to bounce back with a win.
Los Angeles has been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. The Kings have capitalized on 27 of their 109 power play chances, which is a 24.8 percent success rate. Los Angeles has killed off 76 of their opponents 89 power play attempts, which is an 85.4 percent penalty kill. The Kings will look to keep their special teams going in this one.
The Sharks have struggled a bit on both sides of special teams to this point in the season. San Jose have scored on 16 of their 86 power play opportunities, which is an 18.6 percent power play. The Sharks have given up 22 goals on 105 penalties against, which is a 79.1 percent kill rate. San Jose will look to step up on special teams in this one.
The Kings have a big advantage on special teams in this one. Los Angeles has been better on the power play and penalty kill throughout this season. The Kings also have more power plays for than against, while San Jose has been on the penalty kill more this season. The Sharks will need to stay out of the box in this one if they want to earn a win.
Calvin Petersen will likely get the start between the pipes for Los Angeles in this one. Petersen has started in 16 games this season, going 6-6-4. He has put up a save percentage of .926 and a 2.45 GAA throughout his games played. Petersen’s last start was against the Vegas Golden Knights where he stopped 41 of 42 shots in the win.
I expect Martin Jones to get the nod in the net for the Sharks on Wednesday night. Jones has earned a record of 9-6-2 throughout his starts this season. He has posted a .897 save percentage and a GAA of 3.30 in those starts. Jones finished with 41 saves on 42 shots in San Jose’s win over the Kings on Monday night. The Sharks will look for him to repeat that success in this one.
These two goalies are coming off really strong starts and will look to repeat that success in this one. Petersen has been better stat wise throughout this season and he will look to give Los Angeles the edge in this one. If either goalie can get going quickly in this one, it could be enough to earn a win on Wednesday night. I expect both teams to test these goalies quickly though.
These two teams have been sitting around .500 throughout this season, which should lead to a good game in this one. The Sharks are coming off a big win against Los Angeles on Monday night and will look to do it again. I think that the Kings will be able to bounce back in this one though. Los Angeles has the better special teams and goaltending, which could lead them to a win.
BetOnline has San Jose listed as a -108 against the money line. This implies that the Sharks will win this game around 51.9 percent of the time. I think that this line should go slightly in favor of Los Angeles. The Kings have been the better team overall this season and I think they will be able to show that in this one. I like Los Angeles as underdogs in this one.