Game 3 Free Playoff Predictions: San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks (48-25-9) at Los Angeles Kings (46-30-6)
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 10:30 PM ET
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Broadcast: TSN, VERSUS, RDS, CSN-CA (HD), PRIME (HD)
Series Tied 1-1
Sharks vs. Kings Betting Lines from Sportsbook.com
Spread: Sharks -1.5
Moneyline: Sharks -120: Kings – even
Over/Under: 5 goals
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I admit that I didn’t see the Game 2 result coming. After winning Game 1 in overtime the San Jose Sharks were absolutely swarmed in Game 2 by the Los Angeles Kings. A 4-0 win has stolen home ice advantage away from the Sharks – now they know they are in a fight.
The San Jose Sharks never seemed to get anything going in Game 2 – they were ho-hum and it cost them the game. San Jose is a much better team than the one that showed up in the last game. A lethal power play went 0 for 5 on the night – proving that it wasn’t their night.
For Antti Niemi, he may just take a Game 2 mulligan along with the rest of his team. He is a much better goaltender that he showed and should bounce back in Game 3.
The Kings have been playing the Sharks tough so far in the series – nothing is coming easy to San Jose and that’s they was that the Kings would like to keep it. They will get Jaret Stoll back from his one game suspension making them better than the team that won on Saturday.
Defense play is what could set the Kings apart in this series. Drew Doughty is officially in the elite class of NHL defensemen. He scored twice and added two assists in Game 2 and he carried his team. His mate Jack Johnson has been very good and Jonathan Quick has been sensational – not too much to dislike!
NHL Betting Trends:
Over is 7-1-1 in SJ last 9 road games.
Over is 10-3-2 in SJ last 15 overall.
SJ are 28-11 in their last 39 overall.
LA are 13-3 in their last 16 Tue. games.
Under is 41-20-4 in LA last 65 overall.
SJ are 16-7 in the last 23 meetings in Los Angeles.
SJ are 35-17-1 in the last 53 meetings.
Betting Prediction: The Kings defense is on a different level right now. Not only are they taking care of their own zone, they are the main contributors in the offensive zone. With Jonathan Quick playing lights out, I like them to put another scare into the San Jose Sharks.
Pick: Los Angeles Kings – even
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