San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/27/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/27/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (15-20-4) at San Jose Sharks (16-20-2)

NHL Hockey: Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

The Line: San Jose Sharks -125 / Los Angeles Kings +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks meet Friday in NHL action at the SAP Center.

The Los Angeles Kings look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 14 goals, Drew Doughty has 19 assists and Dustin Brown has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 79 goals on 740 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 38 goals on 355 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 24 assists and Brent Burns has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 87.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 37 goals on 361 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 87 goals on 779 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

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The Kings are 19-47 in their last 66 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The under is 17-7-1 in Kings last 25 overall. The under is 5-2 in Sharks last 7 overall. The Kings are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The road team is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings. The under is 15-6-7 in the last 28 meetings in San Jose and 11-2-6 in the last 19 meetings.

I'm not trying to back either of these teams in their current form, and I'm certainly not laying juice with the Sharks given that they've lost nine of their last 10 tries. Instead, I'm looking at the over on this short total given that both sides have had trouble all year keeping the puck out of the net. Seven of the last 10 meetings between the Kings and Sharks have produced at least five goals. Each of the last three meetings are averaging six goals. At this total, the over makes much more sense than trying to find an edge on the side. 

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