Sharks vs Kings Prediction - NHL Picks 12/27/23

Los Angeles Kings (19-7-4) vs San Jose Sharks (9-22-3)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -345 / San Jose Sharks +270 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Jose Sharks will play the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. San Jose has lost five games in a row, while Los Angeles has won three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Sharks vs Kings prediction.

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 9-22-3 this season after they lost to Vancouver by a score of 7-4 in their last game. San Jose tied the game at two in the first period, but Vancouver dominated the rest of the game. The Sharks were out shot by a total of 26-25 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. San Jose had lost their previous four games against Arizona, LA, Colorado, and Arizona. The Sharks are scoring 2.15 goals per game and they are allowing 4.03 goals against per game, while going 20.2% on the power play and 72.9% on the penalty kill. Tomas Hertl has led San Jose with 12 goals, 15 assists, and 82 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Kaapo Kahkonen, who is 5-8-1 this season with a 3.61 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. 

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 19-7-4 this year after they defeated Calgary by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Los Angeles was tied at two in the second period, but they scored three of the last four goals to pull away for the win. The Kings out shot Calgary by a total of 34-32 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Los Angeles lost to Seattle by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to Calgary, but did defeat San Jose and Seattle in the two games before that. The Kings are scoring 3.53 goals per game and they are allowing 2.37 goals against per game, while going 20% on the power play and 86.6% on the penalty kill. Anze Kopitar has led LA with 13 goals, 18 assists, and 59 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Los Angeles is Cam Talbot, who is 14-6-2 this year with a 2.06 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. 

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The Kings have won each of their last five games against the Sharks.
  • The Kings have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last seven Wednesday games at Crypto.com Arena.
  • The Kings have won the second period in nine of their last 11 games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in nine of the Kings' last 10 home games against Western Conference opponents.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have lost seven of their last eight games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The favorites have covered the puck line in each of the Sharks' last four games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Sharks' last 10 games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Sharks have lost the second period in five of their last six games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Viktor Arvidsson has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances at Crypto.com Arena.
  • Phillip Danault has recorded an assist in four of the Kings' last five games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Trevor Moore has scored a goal in three of the Kings' last four games as favorites.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one point in eight of his last 10 appearances at Crypto.com Arena.
  • Logan Couture has recorded an assist in eight of his last 10 appearances at Crypto.com Arena.

Matchup/League Facts

  • 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.
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 29th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (72.88%).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for shots per game this season (25.7).

Sharks vs Kings Betting Prediction

The Kings come into this game after winning three of their last four games and they will be at home for this matchup. Los Angeles is one of the better teams in the NHL, but they are only 6-6-3 at home. San Jose has lost five games in a row and they have been out scored 23-9 in those five games. The Sharks are only scoring 2.15 goals per game this season and will face a LA team that is allowing 2.37 goals against per game. Take the Kings -1.5 in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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