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Kings, Sharks on NHL lines

Los Angeles was looking good in the early going, but has since dropped four in a row as they head up the highway to meet state rival San Jose in NHL betting action on Monday night.

The Kings have lost three one-goal games and were shut out in the other loss in recent history but they should have no trouble getting up for the Sharks, who ended the Kings' playoffs last season.

San Jose will be home favorites in this contest at 5Dimes with a stronger offense and a more physical presence throughout the roster. Jonathan Quick has been a bright spot for the Kings this season with three shutouts and can single-handedly steal a game from any opponent.

Three of the last four head-to-head have sent UNDER bettors to the payout window in totals betting.

The emergence of a kid line in Edmonton has Oilers fans re-energized about their postseason prospects, and the fans of Montreal will get to see this upstart hockey team when they meet the Canadiens on the NHL betting lines on Tuesday night.

While the Oilers haven’t been stellar the past couple of seasons, the team has taken shape and Nikolai Khabibulin has provided sparkling goaltending. Edmonton has won three of the last four against Montreal and could be a solid underdog pick in this contest at 5Dimes.

The Canadiens had a four-game winning streak snapped by the New York Rangers last time out, but had played on back-to-back nights on the road. Seven of the last 10 with Edmonton have gone UNDER the posted total in OVER/UNDER betting.

On Wednesday it’s the Philadelphia Flyers who skate into Tampa Bay to face the Lightning in NHL betting action. Tampa Bay will be a likely small favorite at home for this contest.

The Flyers have won two of their last three and are potting an average of four goals per game. Tampa Bay has its own offensive weapons in Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos, and Martin St. Louis, while boasting a solid supporting cast.

Philly holds a stronger record head-to-head long term, but it’s the Lightning who have won three of the last four meetings and they could be the more popular choice on the NHL betting lines at 5Dimes here.