Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks Betting Odds and Pick

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Los Angeles Kings dueling the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at SAP Center.

Supporters of the Los Angeles Kings have seen them go 49-32-6 so far this season, while the Sharks are at 50-30-7. In totals betting, the San Jose Sharks are 44-35-8, while the Kings are 30-34-23.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings in NHL Odds

The visiting Tampa Bay Lightning hope for a solid performance on Sunday as they look to steal a win at Joe Louis Arena against the Detroit Red Wings.

42-34-11 Detroit battles the Lightning, currently with a 50-32-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 32-38-17 for the Red Wings and 35-41-11 for the Lightning.

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Isles can Complete Upset with Home Win

Thomas Greiss New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The opening round series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders was always going to be an interesting one and while many expected a Panthers win, it is the Isles that can wrap things up in Brooklyn Sunday. Should the Isles win and finish the series, it will be the first time the franchise has advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 23 years.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 5-2 SU in their last seven road games.
  • OVER is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in New York.
  • OVER is 4-1 in the Islanders last five games on home ice.

Both the Panthers and Islanders are currently -110 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada. As for the total, OVER 5 goals is -115 while UNDER 5 goals is presently -105.

The Islanders took a 3-2 series lead thanks to an overtime winner from Alan Quine; a perfect time for the 23-year-old to record his first goal of the postseason.

Netminder Thomas Greiss has been excellent with regular No. 1 Jaroslav Halak out due to injury. The German stopped 47 of the 48 shots he faced in Friday’s double-overtime victory. In five games thus far, Greiss has stopped 180 of 192 shots and has posted a 2.09 goals against average and .938 save percentage.

Reports have surfaced that Nick Bjugstad did not travel with the team to Brooklyn for Game 6. Bjugstad suffered a head injury in Game 5 after falling and receiving treatment. He has recorded four points in the postseason thus far, which is tied for second most behind Reilly Smith’s eight.

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Stars Hope to Finish Wild in Game 6

Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Dallas Stars were cruising through the opening two games of their Western Conference series versus the Minnesota Wild but things have taken an interesting turn. The Wild can force a Game 7 with a win on home ice Sunday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 4-1 SU in the previous five meetings in Minnesota.
  • OVER is 16-7-2 in Dallas last 25 road games.
  • The Wild are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games overall.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Stars at -130 in moneyline markets while the Wild are +110 on home ice. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 while UNDER 5 is presently EVEN odds.

The Stars were sharp in taking games one and two by scores of 4-0 and 2-1 respectively. They switched from Kari Lehtonen to Antti Niemi in the crease after losing Game 3 by a score of 5-3 and may contemplate another switch following the 5-4 loss in Game 5.

Mikko Koivu has really stepped things up with Zach Parise and Tomas Vanek out due to injury. Koivu scored the equalizer as well as the overtime winner in the Wild’s Game 5 victory.

OVER bettors will be thinking hard about about Sunday’s Game 6 contest. OVER has gone 5-0-1 in the previous six meetings between the Stars and Wild in Minnesota.

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Neuvirth Giving New Life to Flyers

Michal Neuvirth Philadelphia Flyers NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Down 3-0 in the opening round of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made a goaltending change from Steve Mason to former Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth. In the next two games, Neuvirth stopped 75 of 76 shots faced to lead his team to consecutive wins and get right back into the series.

Shark Bites
  • The Flyers are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games at home.
  • The Flyers are 6-2 SU in their last eight games versus the Capitals at home.
  • OVER is 7-3-2 in the Capitals last 7 games playing on one day’s rest.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Capitals at -180 in moneyline markets while the Flyers come in at +160. The total is presently tabbed at 5 with OVER +105 and UNDER -125.

Despite winning 2-0 in Game 5, traffic was completely one way as Neuvirth was asked to make a whopping 44 saves while the Flyers mustered a dismal 11.

The Caps dominated virtually every statistical category in Game 5 except the one that matters; the scoreboard. One of those categories was hits as the Caps plastered the Flyers all over the ice, out hitting them 35 to 17, led by Alex Ovechkin’s eight.

Speaking of the Russian sniper, I’m sure the Caps would trade the bulk of those hits for some points. Ovi has failed to register a point in back-to-back games and has been held off the scoresheet in three of the five games this series.

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Consider The 5.5-Goal Total In NHL Betting

If Salt 'n' Pepa’s 1986 hit song-turned-ear worm “Push It” is ringing in your ears, it might be a sign you are playing a lot of NHL totals these playoffs. 

That jam kept echoing in my ears as we continue to watch the pushes rack up through 34 games so far. The OVER/UNDER record is 10-14-10 in the Stanley Cup playoffs with the latest push coming Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins bowled over the New York Rangers 5-0 at Madison Square Garden.     


Blues Must Rely on Road Savvy in Game 6

Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

After mounting a sensational comeback to force extra hockey, the St. Louis Blues were left devastated as Patrick Kane scored in double overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win in Game 5. The Blues will look to wrap things up in Game 6 in Chicago and if their history on the road is any indication, there’s a strong possibility that it happens.

Shark Bites
  • The Blackhawks are 2-5 SU in their last seven games overall.
  • The Blues are 4-0 SU in their last four games following a loss.
  • The Blackhawks are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games versus teams with a winning record.

The Blues have won both games in Chicago in their opening round series and have actually gone 7-0 straight up in their previous seven road games dating back to the final days of the regular season. In fact, after the Blues took a 1-0 series lead with a 1-0 overtime win in the series opener at the Scottrade Center, the road team has gone 4-0 SU in the series.

The Blues have gotten balanced scoring from all positions as three players enter Saturday’s game with five points and three head into the weekend with four points.

The Hawks lead all postseason participants with 37.4 shots per game, which makes it all the more surprising that each of Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa recorded their first goals in Game 5 and captain Jonathan Toews has failed to get one past Brian Elliott.

It’s probably safe to assume that the Blues have the 2014 postseason niggling in the back of their minds now. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening round that season before the Blackhawks won four-straight to advance. If that’s the case, this series is already over.

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Visitor Dominating in Ducks-Preds Series

Anaheim Ducks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

With the series knotted up at two games apiece, the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators travel across the country to California as Game 5 goes at the Honda Center Saturday. The Ducks will be hoping to break the stranglehold the visiting team has had in the series thus far and become the first home team to win a game.

Shark Bites
  • The Ducks are 20-8 SU in their last 28 games after a win.
  • The Predators are 5-2 SU in their last seven games after consecutive losses.
  • The Predators are 2-6 SU in their last eight games with one day off between games.

The goaltending switch from John Gibson to Frederik Andersen has proved fruitful for the Ducks as the Dane has stopped 57 of the 58 shots he has faced in the two wins in Nashville. Gibson, who started games one and two at the Honda Center, allowed six goals as the Ducks lost the opening two games by identical 3-2 scorelines.

The two games in Tennessee painted a different picture as Anaheim was able to outscore its hosts 7-1 to pull things even before heading back to California.

Andrew Cogliano has paced the offense with four points (two goals, two assists) including a goal in Thursday’s 4-1 victory.

After allowing a power play goal in Game 2, the Ducks, owners of the NHL’s best penalty kill in the regular season (87.2 percent) killed off all 11 power plays the Pred had in games three and four.

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Penguins Tough to Beat at Home

Matt Murray Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 5 of the first round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers shifts to the Steel City as Pittsburgh looks to put the Rangers down and move on to the second round of the playoffs. The Pens have been rolling at home lately, posting a 15-5 SU record in their last 20 games at the Consol Energy Center. New York got the better of the Pens in Game 2 in Pittsburgh, but Sidney Crosby and company haven’t lost two games in a row at home since mid-December.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 1-6 in their last seven games against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone over in the Penguins' last five games at home.
  • The Penguins are 11-1 in their last 12 games with one day off between games.

One thing Rangers backers have come to count on is the team’s bounce-back ability, as they’re now 18-5 in their last 23 games after a loss. Three straight losses is also a rarity lately for New York, as they’re 4-1 in their last five games after consecutive losses.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray is slowly becoming the story of this series after allowing just one goal off 48 shots in his two starts in net. The 21-year-old made his playoff debut in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden and has responded by chewing up the pressure of the playoffs and spitting it out.

It’s been a well-rounded effort for Pittsburgh so far throughout the series as nine different players have goals.

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No Game 5 Home-Ice Advantage for Kings

Brent Burns San Jose Sharks Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings NHL

The San Jose Sharks take a 3-1 series lead back to Staples Center and will not be intimidated in the slightest after taking the first two games of the series there.

Shark Bites
  • The road team is 7-2 SU in the last nine meetings between the Sharks and Kings.
  • The Kings are 2-6 SU in their last eight games with one day off in between games.
  • UNDER has cashed in eight of the Sharks’ last 10 games on the road.

The Kings are presently -135 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Sharks are +115 on the road. In totals markets, OVER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds while UNDER 5 goals is -120.

The Sharks rebounded from a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3 with a 3-2 win at the SAP Center Wednesday night, earning themselves a 3-1 lead in the series. Patrick Marleau’s first of the postseason proved to the be the game winner as the Kings managed a pair late in the contest.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who had been following the league closely that San Jose was so good in L.A. in the opening two games. The Sharks were the best road team in the league all season long with a 28-10-3 record in their travels.

The flip side to that coin was their 18-20-3 record at home, but a dangerous road team can be a perilous opponent in the chase for the Stanley Cup.

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