Two Pacific Division rivals will square off in the Western conference semifinal round of the NHL playoffs as the San Jose Sharks will head south to meet the LA Kings in Game 1 of their best of seven series with a pro hockey game on Tuesday night.
Face off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBC Sports Network.
The betting odds from game one of this NHL playoff series has the home team LA Kings favored by -150 odds with the take back on the San Jose Sharks at +140 odds. The goal over under line in game one is set at five goals.
San Jose and Los Angeles met four times during the lockout season with each team winning twice as all wins came at home by these two clubs. One Shark win came in a shootout with the rest of the three results in regulation.
San Jose has a road mark of 10-14-2-0 on the year. They advanced into the Western conference semifinal round of the playoffs after a four game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round. They earn the game four victory way back on May 7th by the score of 4-3 in overtime at home against Vancouver as a -144 betting odds favorite. The game finished over five goals. San Jose scored three or more goal in all four games of the series. They were beneficiary of very poor play by Vancouver as San Jose was awarded 24 power play opportunities in four games. Seven of the Sharks fifteen goals in that series were scored on the power play.
The Kings own the best home record in the NHL at 22-4-0-1 this season. The Kings advanced by a tough St Louis Blues team in the first round in six games. The series clincher came on Friday May 10th as the Kings defeated the Blues 2-1 as a -148 betting favorite. The game finished under five goals. The Kings dropped the first two games of the series and responded by winning four straight to close out the Blues. LA goaltender Jonathan Quick has found that great form from last year’s Stanley Cup winning run for the Kings.