Sharks, Kings battle for positioning
Better positioning in the first round of the playoffs will be on the line on Saturday night as the Los Angeles Kings play host to the San Jose Sharks in marquee NHL betting action.
The Sharks have managed to win four of their last five games against the Kings heading into Saturday's matchup, including a 3-2 home win as a -107 favorite when they last met on April 16. The OVER/UNDER is 4-0-2 in their last six matchups for bettors.
The Kings currently sports a record of 26-16-5. The Sharks are 25-15-7. Betting totals have seen the Kings post a 19-18-10 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sharks have gone 15-23-9 against the number.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 4-ranked Kings and the No. 6-rated Sharks in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 10-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Sharks have a 84.9% rate on the penalty kill.
San Jose was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Coyotes. They lost as +120 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Red Wings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Wings at -140 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
San Jose Sharks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4
A few Sharks at Kings trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Jose's last 8 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games on the road
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
San Jose is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Los Angeles' last 8 games when playing at home against San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 6 games when playing San Jose