Kings vs Sharks: Playoff Series Game 1 Betting Preview
San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings Odds
San Jose swept away the Canucks in a surprise while the Los Angeles Kings won four straight against St. Louis after dropping the first two games.
It translates to a west-coast NHL playoff battle between the Sharks and defending-champion Kings, where the home side opened as -160 home favorites for Game 1.
Of note, seven of the past nine meetings of these Pacific rivals in Los Angeles have gone OVER the total, which was 5 early Tuesday at Bovada.
The Kings are 27-16-5 so far on the season. The Sharks, meanwhile, are 25-16-7. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 19-18-11 and the Sharks go 15-23-10 on the totals.
This game puts the Kings, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Sharks, who rate a No. 8 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles' No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.4 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 19.9% while the Sharks defense kills off 85% of their penalties.
San Jose Sharks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Vancouver are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Sharks at Kings trends to consider:
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Jose's last 9 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 6 games on the road
San Jose is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Los Angeles' last 9 games when playing at home against San Jose
San Jose at Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16