Kings vs Sharks Prediction - NHL Picks 12/19/23

San Jose Sharks (9-19-3) vs Los Angeles Kings (17-6-4)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +210 / Los Angeles Kings -260 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings will play the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Los Angeles has lost three of their last four games, while San Jose has also lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kings vs Sharks prediction. 

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 17-6-4 this season after they defeated Seattle by a score of 3-2 in a shootout in their last game. Los Angeles led 2-1 in the third period, but allowed Seattle to tie the game late, before winning in a shootout. The Kings out shot Seattle by a total of 38-19 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Los Angeles had lost their previous three games against the Jets, Rangers, and Islanders. The Kings are scoring 3.56 goals per game and they are allowing 2.41 goals against per game, while going 21.1% on the power play and 87.1% on the penalty kill. Anze Kopitar has led LA with 12 goals, 15 assists, and 55 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Los Angeles is Cam Talbot, who is 13-5-2 this year with a 2.02 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. 

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 9-19-3 this year after they lost to Colorado by a score of 6-2 in their last game. San Jose allowed the first four goals of the game and could never get back into it. The Sharks were out shot by a total of 29-27 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. San Jose lost to Arizona by a score of 1-0 in the game prior to Colorado, but did defeat Winnipeg in the game before that. San Jose is scoring 2.13 goals per game and they are allowing 3.90 goals against per game, while going 20.7% on the power play and 73.4% on the penalty kill. Tomas Hertl has led San Jose with 11 goals, 15 assists, and 78 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is 4-12-2 this season with a 3.75 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. 

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have won four of their last five games as home underdogs.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in seven of the Sharks' last eight games.
  • The Sharks have lost the third period in 10 of their last 12 home games following a road loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Sharks' last eight games against Pacific Division opponents.

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The Kings have lost each of their last 10 night games at SAP Center at San Jose after coming off overtime.
  • The Kings have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four games.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in four of the Kings' last five games at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • The Kings have won the second period in seven of their last eight games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Fabian Zetterlund has scored a goal in each of the Sharks' last three home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Tomas Hertl has recorded at least one point in each of the Sharks' last six games against the Kings at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Sharks' last eight games as underdogs.
  • William Eklund ranks T3rd in the league for Game Winning Goals (4) this season.

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Anze Kopitar has scored a goal in each of the Kings' last three games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one point in each of his last eight appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded an assist in eight of his last nine appearances in night games at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • Drew Doughty ranks 1st in the Western Conference for time on ice (25:51) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The San Jose Sharks ranks 28th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (73.39%).
  • The San Jose Sharks ranks 32nd in the league for shots per game this season (25.9).
  • The Los Angeles Kings are one of only two teams in the league to rank top 5 for both goals for and goals against per game this season.
  • The Los Angeles Kings are one of three teams to rank in the top 10 for both goals scored and goals conceded per game this season.

Kings vs Sharks Betting Prediction

San Jose finally came back to reality in their last game against Colorado, but they have played very well over the last few weeks. Los Angeles has also lost three of their last four games, but they are 12-1-1 on the road so far this season. The Kings are playing great defense right now, as they are only allowing 2.41 goals against per game this year, but they have allowed 14 goals in their last four games. Both teams have struggled in their last four games, but I am going to take San Jose +1.5 in this game. The Sharks have been a completely different team over the last 11 games and I like them to keep it close. 

David’s Pick Sharks +1.5

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