Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/27/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+105) Sharks (-125)
Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (16-20-2, 6th in the Pacific Division) host the Los Angeles Kings (15-20-4, 8th in the Pacific Division) at SAP Center on Friday, December 27, 2019. The line on this contest has the Kings coming in at +105 and the Sharks are at -125. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Kings cover 38.5% of the time, having gone 15-24 SU. The Sharks cover 38.9% of the time, going 14-22 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings head into this game holding a record of 15 wins and 20 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 99 goals which has them at 14th in the conference and 27th in the league. Their goal differential is -24, which puts them at 28th in the league. The Kings have a total of 34 points, which has them at 29th in the league and 15th in the conference. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,301 which has them at 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the league. As a unit, Los Angeles has obtained a total of 774 hits which means they have an average of 19.8 per game. They have a total of 423 blocks for this season. In goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has racked up 1,554 mins protecting the goal for the campaign. Quick is giving up an average of 3.05 goals per contest which has him sitting 23rd in the Western Conference and 44th in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 79 goals. He holds a save percentage of .893 which has him sitting 28th in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Kings were on the losing side of the ice with a 4 - 1 loss against the St. Louis Blues the last time they stepped on the ice. The Kings had a below average offensive performance in this loss. For this game, they netted 1 out of the 30 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 5 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those opportunities. Los Angeles earned 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Kings sat at 51 and the Corsi against was 39 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 56.7%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against was 33, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 52.9%. They won 20 face-off wins and lost 27 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 65.4% and they had a PDO of 91.7 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the St. Louis Blues earned a total of 28 shots. They had a total of 10 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
The Sharks will be the team across the ice and for the year they sit with 16 victories and 20 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the West and 29th in the NHL with -33. They currently have a total of 99 goals for the season which ranks them 13th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a team save percentage of .885 which has them 30th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.0% which puts them at 8th in the Western Conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a bad year by surrendering 3.29 GAA and that has him ranked 31st in the Western Conference and 58th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,587 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 87 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .888, which places him at 31st in the Western Conference and 61st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks squared up with the Vegas Golden Knights in a game where the Sharks ended up losing by a score of 3 - 1. For this outing, San Jose had a 43.6% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 66. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 40.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 34 and the Golden Knights having a 51 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game San Jose had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.9 and they had an oZS percentage of 36.2%. The Sharks netted 1 goal out of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Golden Knights had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. San Jose gave way to 37 shots on goal and the Golden Knights racked up 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+105)
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