NHL Pick: Sharks vs. Kings Game 7
Date/Time: May 28th, 9:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Moneyline: Kings -155
The Los Angeles Kings are going to have one last chance to stay alive in their quest for a second straight Stanley Cup title, and that chance comes in NHL betting action on Tuesday night at home for a crucial Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks.
Give the Sharks all the credit in the world for what they have been able to do here in these playoffs at home. They are a perfect 5-0 in their first five games, and they stared down the barrel of elimination against the Kings on Sunday night and walked away with a crucial 2-1 victory. It was the fourth straight game in which G Antti Niemi held Los Angeles to two goals or fewer. Matters started with a goal from C Joe Thornton, one of the crucial players on this offense for the Sharks, and it ended with Niemi making save after save in the third period. It wasn’t an offensive game by any stretch of the imagination, as there were only six penalties all game long, and neither team managed even 10 shots on goal in any of the three period. There also weren’t all that many stoppages either, as there were just 53 total faceoffs in the game. That’s not necessarily the way that San Jose wants to play, but just the fact that it was able to win a game playing Los Angeles’ style is impressive in and of itself.
The Kings are playing in their sixth playoff series in the last two seasons, but this is the first time that they have had to feel the pressure of playing a Game 7. They haven’t done much on the road in these playoffs, but they also haven’t lost a game here at the Staples Center. G Jonathan Quick has been particularly solid over the course of the whole postseason once again, and he is the leader in the league in goals against average (1.54) and save percentage (.947) here in the playoffs. He also has three shutouts to his credit, and there isn’t a single player left playing in this postseason that has more than one clean sheet. Los Angeles really has to stay out of the penalty box, though. Granted, there haven’t been that many chances, and the penalty kill has been good on both sides in this series. However, San Jose’s opening goal came on a sloppily created 5-on-3 chance. The Kings had three penalties in the first five minutes of the game, and they really had no chance to create momentum in the second period when LW Justin Williams spent four minutes in the box for a high sticking penalty.
That said, it’s going to be tough to go against the champs. San Jose has a history of folding in games like these, and there is little doubt that this could be another one of these games in which that happens. The Kings have the winning pedigree, and we think that they will step up to the plate and come up with the biggest win that the team has had all season long on Tuesday night.
San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings Game 7 Pick: Los Angeles Kings
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