LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks Prediction NHL Picks 4/4/24

San Jose Sharks (17-49-8) vs LA Kings (38-25-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +225 / LA Kings -286 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Kings vs Sharks betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Thursday, April 4th at the SAP Center. We will take a look at: 

-The Los Angeles Kings recent form and recent player performance

-The Toronto Maple Leafs recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Lightning vs Maple Leafs.

Kings on Tired Legs

The Kings are going to have tired legs for this game after having a tough game against the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night. On Monday the Kings faced off against the Winnipeg Jets and the defense wasn’t good, giving up four goals and that led to the defeat. The Kings are averaging 3.07 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.59 goals per game. The offense is ranked 16th while the defense is ranked 4th. Anze Kopitar has scored 26 goals and added 40 assists. 

Can Sharks Bounce Back?

The Sharks in the last game faced against the Seattle Kraken and the defense really struggled giving up four goals and that led to the defeat. The offense scored two goals, but that wasn't enough to keep it close. Two games ago against the St Louis Blues, the offense scored four goals, and they are going to need that offense to be back here. The Sharks on the season are averaging 2.22 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.96 goals per game. The offense is ranked 31st in the league, while the defense is ranked 32nd. 

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Fabian Zetterlund has scored at least one goal in three of the Sharks' last four home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one assist in each of the Sharks' last five games as home underdogs against Western Conference opponents.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one point in each of the Sharks' last nine games against Western Conference opponents.
  • Klim Kostin recorded an equal-career-high two goals in his last game against the Kings.

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Adrian Kempe has scored a goal in each of the Kings' last three games as favorites.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • Adrian Kempe has recorded at least one point in each of the Kings' last eight games as favorites.
  • Drew Doughty ranks 1st in the league for average time on ice (25:47) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (3.96).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 31st in the league for goals per game this season (2.22).
  • The Los Angeles Kings rank 2nd in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (84.39%).
  • The Los Angeles Kings rank T3rd in the league for goals against per game this season (2.59).

Kings vs Maple Leafs Betting Prediction 

The Kings might be on tired legs, but the Sharks are going to have no issue getting the job done here. The Kings defense is ranked 4th in the league, and they are going to get the defense to step up in a big way here. The Sharks are going to have no answer, and the Kings will get the job done here. Back the Kings on the puck line to cash here. 

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

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