Date/Time: May 21st, 10:00 PM ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Sharks -125
The San Jose Sharks have done half of their job in NHL betting action. They were able to erase half of the deficit that they fell into in the first two games of this series, and now in Tuesday night’s Game 4, they have a shot to finish the job and level this series against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings always seemed to be a team that had their cool about them. They never panicked when they almost missed the playoffs last year, and they never panicked even though they were the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference a campaign ago. They were down 0-2 to the St. Louis Blues in the first round this year, and they only had scored two goals in those two games. Alas, still no panic. Now though, the look of despair is on the faces of the men in silver and black, and it’s because they were killed, in their estimation, by the referees in Game 3 of this series. G Jonathan Quick actually was issued a game misconduct after allowing the final goal in overtime, and he has to keep his wits about him if he is going to come back and play a big time Game 4. Quick did have to face 40 shots in Game 3, and he has been under a lot of pressure in the last two games of this series, and we can see where and why he is getting flustered by what’s going on. Still, the opportunity is there to take a chokehold of this series, and it is only going to take one remarkable performance for that to happen.
The Sharks still aren’t in great shape at this point, as they are still heavy underdogs in this series and will remain as such even if they win Game 4. G Antti Niemi had his first really good game from start to finish in Game 3, as he stopped 26-of-27 shots to get the win in overtime. He knows that he has to be big in this series if he is ultimately going to win. The best thing that San Jose has going for it is the fact that its front line is really doing well. The foursome of C Logan Couture, C Joe Pavelski, LW Patrick Marleau, and C Joe Thornton had a great first four games of the playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks, but now that the game became a lot more defensive-minded against the Kings, the series started off slow for all four. However, the four have combined for a bunch of opportunities here in the last two games, most notably in the overtime winner in Game 3.
The Sharks were only beaten two times this year during regulation, so if you can find a way to get them at +1.5, you’ve got yourself a great price, even if it’s -350 or so. That being said, at most sportsbooks, that’s not the option available to us. We’d like to take San Jose on the moneyline in regulation so a tie game going into overtime doesn’t botch us up, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll take the Sharks for as long as the game goes.
Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks Game 4 Pick: San Jose Sharks -125
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