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Quick was Futile in Starts Versus Sharks

Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings NHL

Many feel like the Los Angeles Kings have a good shot at hoisting another Stanley Cup this season. While that might be true, netminder Jonathan Quick will have to step up his game against the San Jose Sharks if they hope to escape the first round. The puck drops on this all-California matchup Thursday night at Staples Center.

Shark Bites
  • The Kings are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games at home.
  • The Sharks are 7-2 SU in their last nine games versus teams with a winning record.
  • The Sharks are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games in Los Angeles.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Kings at -145 in moneyline markets for Game 1 while the Sharks come in at +115. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with both OVER and UNDER currently priced at -115.

Quick was lit up by the Sharks this season. In three starts, the Kings’ puck stopper went 0-3 with a 4.40 goals against average and paltry .845 save percentage. Those numbers pale in comparison to his 2.22 GAA and .918 save percentage overall this season.

Joe Pavelski, in particular, was a thorn in L.A.’s side this season. Pavelski scored four goals and had six assists for 10 points in five games versus the Kings during the regular season. The assists and points were his highest against any other team and the goal total was tied with the four he posted versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bizarrely, the underdog went 5-0 SU in five games during the regular season. Furthermore, the Sharks finished the regular season as a hot bet away from home. In their final eight road games, San Jose went 7-1 SU.

These two Pacific Division rivals have met in the postseason three times before. The Kings won in seven games after going down 3-0 in 2014 and seven games back in 2013. The Sharks eliminated the Kings in six games back in 2011.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The San Jose Sharks were listed as 130 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Sharks to win this game 2.9-2.3. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Kings are 48-28-6 so far on the season. The San Jose Sharks, meanwhile, are 46-30-6. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Los Angeles go 28-32-22 and the Sharks go 42-33-7 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs San Jose injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Los Angeles Kings and the No. 2-ranked San Jose Sharks, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 14-ranked offense (2.74 goals per game) against a San Jose Sharks defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.56 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 20.26% rate while the Sharks have a 79.91% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Sharks were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Coyotes. That made winners of bettors who got San Jose at -210 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Jets at +211 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • San Jose is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Jose's last 8 games on the road
  • San Jose is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against San Jose

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