Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (25-25-7) vs Los Angeles Kings (32-19-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 9:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +105 / Los Angeles Kings -133 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-19-8. Through 59 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 175 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.78 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 25-25-7. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 57 games, the Sharks have scored 149 goals, giving them an average of 2.58. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 19th ranked unit, giving up 3.16 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In his team's 59 games, he has come up with 15 goals and 36 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.4%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 25 goals, 16.0% have come during power play time. 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.

Through 52 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 10.8%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 21 assists to go along with his 23 goals. However, when on the ice the Sharks are -9.0 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 Kings have an over-under record of 26-33. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 11-19. On the season, 46.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 23-34. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-16. On the season, 40.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Look for this to be a low-scoring game, finishing below the line of 5.5 goals.

 

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