A big battle of California will unfold Thursday night in Los Angeles as the red-hot Kings continue their playoff push against the San Jose Sharks.
Though this season was considered early for Los Angeles’ post-season push, the timeline of this group has been expedited given some recent results. Todd McLellan’s club has blended an impressive veteran core with solid youth, and as a result this team continues to push atop the league leads for chances generated at even strength. Cal Petersen and Jon Quick have formed an impressive tandem in goal, and the Kings enter Thursday night as firm favourites in this rivalry’s latest chapter.
Trending in a different direction, the Sharks are fading, and fast. Head coach Bob Boughner is likely on the hot seat for next season, and San Jose is merely playing out the rest of another lost season. With the trade deadline looming and upcoming on March 21st, it’s easy to see why some of San Jose’s roster might be a tad distracted. They enter losers in three straight games, generating very little 5v5 offense and conceding a ton. A bad recipe for success!
Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for the latest news, trends, and betting analysis, as we break down this big Cali showdown. It’s been a red-hot stretch for us of late on the ice, and we’ll look to keep this rolling on Thursday evening.
Sharks coach Bob Boughner says Jake Middleton will play tonight if he still feels OK after the AM skate. Erik Karlsson and Jaycob Megna are back in the lineup. If Middleton plays, it will be a game-time decision who sits out on the blue line (one of Vlasic, Meloche or Merkley).
— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) March 10, 2022
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Goals Per Game||2.6||2.9|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.2||2.7|
|Shots On Goal Per Game||29.1||35.3|
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Prediction:
The Kings continue their playoff push, led by impressive defensive play and structure and excellent strength down the middle. Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault spearhead a dominant top-six, and though their finishing remains in question, the Kings are a team that routinely tilts the ice at even-strength. Against San Jose, look for Los Angeles to effectively utilise their last change capability, and really lean on San Jose’s defense. Even with Erik Karlsson back for the Sharks, it is hard to envision any group slowing down the depth and balance of the Kings right now.
Los Angeles creates the third-most high danger chances in the league, and with the Sharks’ porous goaltending, that definitely bodes well for the Kings here on Thursday night. They also have been exceptional at shot suppression and with solid netminding, this is a group that is rapidly changing the minds of doubters. With a playoff spot firmly on the line down the stretch, look for the Kings to show no let-up on their California rivals.
San Jose meanwhile continues to struggle. They can’t get a save right now, and are struggling to generate offense. This is a relatively top-heavy group and if their top shooters aren’t scoring, or can get limited by the other teams’ top line, chances are the Sharks aren’t finding the back of the net. The Sharks will again be without Kevin Labanc, Mario Ferraro, and both starting goalies, and expect their funk at even strength to continue. San Jose is 22nd this season in expected goals generated, and don’t expect too many chances to come against a stingy Los Angeles squad.
Has anyone written a good article about the rise of the LA Kings this season? Last year they got 44% of the scoring chances. This year they get 54%. That's an incredible swing!
— draglikepull (@draglikepull) March 10, 2022
Sharks vs. Kings Trends To Know:
- Sharks are 5-12 in their last 17 Thursday games.
- Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Sharks are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Pacific.
- Sharks are 0-6 in their last 6 road games.
- Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Kings are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
- Under is 13-6-6 in the last 25 meetings.
The Sharks honestly might be the worst team in the NHL right now. Their current form, mixed with their inconsistent goaltending has been abysmal. Los Angeles is streaking, and are well-aware that these are two points they need to have in a tight playoff battle within the NHL’s Pacific Division. Look for Los Angeles to push the pace from the get-go, wearing down San Jose’s porous play without the puck. The Kings should dominate this match in convincing fashion, and don’t be shy about laying the big number with the home side.