San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings 12/27/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/26/2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center in Los Angeles
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The San Jose Sharks will look to improve upon their 9-7-3 road record on Saturday night when they visit the Los Angeles Kings. The first time these two teams met this season, the Sharks were able to shut out the Kings 4-0 on the road.
On Monday night, the Sharks saw their five-game winning streak come to an end when they were defeated 3-2 in overtime by the Anaheim Ducks. Goalie Antti Niemi was pretty good in the losing effort, saving 29 shots and finishing with a .906 save percentage.
The Sharks currently have the top power play in the NHL by scoring goals on 25 percent of their opportunities with the extra man. Veteran center Joe Pavelski has had a good start to the season by scoring 16 goals and providing 13 assists to his teammates.
The Kings allowed the Calgary Flames to come back in their matchup on Monday night and ended up losing 4-3 in overtime. They lost that game despite scoring on both of their power play opportunities and finishing with a 34-28 shooting advantage.
So far this season, the Kings have struggled on the offensive end of the ice, but their defense and goaltenders are only allowing 2.4 goals per game. Netminder Jonathan Quick has won 14 of his 28 starts this year and has three shutouts, a 2.35 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
San Jose Sharks Betting Trends
San Jose Sharks are 19-16-0 Against the Spread
San Jose Sharks are 13-18-0 against the Over/Under
Los Angeles Kings Betting Trends
Los Angeles Kings are 17-18-0 Against the Spread
Los Angeles Kings are 15-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
San Jose Sharks
12/25/14 LW John Scott Suspension 4-game suspension, eligible to return Jan. 5 vs. Winnipeg
12/10/14 LW Matthew Nieto Ankle out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Mike Brown Lower Body out indefinitely
12/09/14 C Tyler Kennedy Shoulder out indefinitely
11/28/14 GO Troy Grosenick Upper Body out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Raffi Torres Knee out indefinitely
Los Angeles Kings
12/19/14 D Robyn Regehr Finger expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/01/14 D Andrew Bodnarchuk Knee out indefinitely
10/20/14 D Slava Voynov Suspension out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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