The last time these two teams met, the Los Angeles Kings scored three goals in the first and third period, while the San Jose sharks only put up a combined total of two goals. Prior to that game, they met two days before on February 9th.
This game was much more entertaining as the Sharks took an early 2-0 lead at the end of the first intermission. The Kings answered back with two goals in the second period nodding the score at two apiece. The Kings scored again in the third, giving them a 3-2 lead.
The Kings looked like they were going to win with about 40 seconds remaining until Evander Kane scored the team’s third goal assisted by Logan Couture and Brent Burns which sent the game to overtime.
This was a bad beat as the Sharks won in a shootout against the Kings. An interesting statistic is San Jose goalie, Martin Jones, had 40 games after regulation since the year 2015-16, which included 25 overtime wins and 15 shootout wins at the time.
Kings vs Sharks Pick and Preview: Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have struggled in back-to-back games this season and look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The team split the last two games with the Las Vegas Golden Knights. They have a 13-11-6 record as they get ready to face the Sharks.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.90 goals per game and are giving up 2.83 goals a contest. They score 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities and kill off 84.3% of the power plays when on the defensive end.
There are some players to watch on the Kings side. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 14 goals this season, Anze Kopitar has 29 assists and Jeff Carter has 87 shots on goal. Jonathan Quick is listed as the backup and has given up 37 goals on 358 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 41 goals on 554 shots.
Kings vs Sharks Pick and Preview: San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are desperately looking for a win as they look to snap a four-game losing streak. They struggled to keep a lead during this losing streak giving up 4 goals against the Golden Knights in the third period on Wednesday. Against the Saint Louis Blues on Saturday, they gave up three goals in the third period.
They have an 11-14-4 going up against the Kings tonight.
The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.72 goals per game and are giving up 3.48 goals a contest. They score 19 percent of their power play opportunities which is underwhelming and kill off 78% of the power plays when on the defensive end.
The players to watch on the Sharks side as they look for a win. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 13 goals, Evander Kane leads the team with 14 assists and Timo Meier has 75 shots on goal. Martin Jones has the winning record as the goalie (8-6), he has allowed 53 goals on 483 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 44 goals on 436 shots.
- Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
- Kings are 20-45 in their last 65 road games
- Kings have played better hockey as of late but this is a back-to-back game
- Sharks are 7-20 in their last 27 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
- Sharks are 5-16 in their last 21 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- Sharks have won three of their last five matchups against the Kings
This is one of the tougher games to decide on who to pick but there could be a lot of goals scored tonight. Take the over 6 goals tonight at -115.
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