Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Sharks and Kings. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on NBCS, and it's hosted by the Kings at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Kings are favored to win at home against the Sharks.

SAN JOSE SHARKS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Kings -1.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:00 ET on Wednesday, December 27th.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES KINGS:

  • With the Kings being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Kings.
  • Take the Kings on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Sharks (+1.5)

Can the San Jose Offense Score Enough on the Road?

This season, the Sharks have put together an overall record of 9-22-3. When playing on the road, San Jose has gone 3-14-1, while their home record stands at 6-8-2. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 16th.

Regarding the puck line, San Jose comes in with a 14-20 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 6-12, while their home record is 8-8. The average goal total for San Jose's games is sitting at 6.3. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 14-18-2.

Through their last three road games, San Jose has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 2.1 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. In terms of the Sharks' offense during power plays, they are 24th in power play goals and 25th in shorthanded goals.

San Jose's leading goal scorer is Tomas Hertl. So far this season, he has 12 goals, placing him 64th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 15 assists so far.

Defensively, the Kings come into the season ranked 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 26.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. For the season, they are ranked 6th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood comes into the game having made 21 starts this season. So far, his record is 4-14 and he has a save percentage of 0.9489795918367347%.

Will the Kings Come Through as Home Favorites?

For the season, the Kings currently hold an overall record of 19-7-4. On the road, Los Angeles has gone 13-1-1 and they are 6-6-3 at home. This record has them sitting 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 6th in the Western conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Los Angeles has a 17-13 record. On the road they are 10-5 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is7-8. This season, Los Angeles' games are averaging 6 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Kings currently have an over/under record of 12-18-0.

In their last three games at home, the Kings have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.

The Kings come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 15th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 14th in the league. This season, the Kings are 13-5 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 5-1 record.

Los Angeles will be looking for a good game from Trevor Moore who leads the team in scoring with 16 goals, ranking 21st in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 9 assists so far.

Los Angeles defense takes on the Sharks ranked 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 26.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. They alsso are 6th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Goalie David Rittich comes into the game having made one start this season. So far, his record is 1-0 and he has a save percentage of 0.1836734693877551%.