San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings - 3/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings - 3/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (32-19-7) vs San Jose Sharks (24-25-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -200 / San Jose Sharks +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

 

The Los Angeles Kings host the San Jose Sharks in Thursday NHL Action.

The San Jose Sharks come into this road contest with an overall record of 24-25-7. Through 56 games, the Sharks are 7th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 145 times, good for a rank of 28th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, San Jose is the 19th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.16 goals per game. So far, the Sharks have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th ranked team in the NHL.

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The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the San Jose Sharks with an overall record of 32-19-7. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 58 games, the Kings have scored 172 goals, giving them an average of 2.93. This output gives them a rank of 19th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.76 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 15th in the NHL.

Through 51 games, the San Jose Sharks goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier with 54 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.9%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 20 assists to go along with his 22 goals. However, when on the ice the Sharks are -10.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.84 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In Los Angeles's 58 games, he has come up with 15 goals and 36 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 25 goals, 16.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -6 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.6 goals per game. In his 26 games played, he has turned in 15 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 22-34. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 9-18. On the season, 39.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 25-33. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 14-14. On the season, 45.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. With an over-under line at 5.5 goals, I see this game still falling below that line.

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