Hockey betting expectations are also large for the Los Angeles Kings as they are off to a solid start in the West as a leading hockey gambling contender for the post season.
The San Jose Sharks will host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night with a start time of 10:30 PM ET. Sports-Gambling will have side and total odds on this key Western Conference / Pacific Division California showdown so open your account now for all of the action.
The Los Angeles Kings had a record of 20-12-1-0 with the NHL betting odds but had their share of struggles on the road with a mark of 8-10. The Kings were a strong under team as they went over the number in just 11 of their first 33 games and had a mark of 10 unders in 18 road games.
Los Angeles was neck and neck with San Jose for the second spot in the Pacific Division as both teams trailed the first place Dallas Stars. Los Angeles has been a traditionally weak defensive team that would play a high flying up and down approach but that has changed significantly under the leadership of coach Terry Murray.
The Kings ranked 4th in the NHL for goals against on defense while ranking 12th in the league for goal scoring on offense. The Kings have one of top goaltenders in the NHL with Jonathan Quick, who is in his third full season with LA. Quick had a save percentage of a sparkling .929 and a goals against average of 1.93. On offense the Kings were led by center Anze Kopitar who had 14 goals and 20 assists.
The San Jose Sharks had a record of 19-11-4-1 with the NHL betting lines and were a solid 10-4-2-1 at home. The Sharks went over the total in 9 of their first 17 home games. San Jose ranked 9th in goal scoring on offense and 13th for goals against on defense.
Right winger Dany Heatley was their leading scorer with 14 goals and 18 assists. Antero Niittymaki and Antti Niemi split time in goal with Niittymaki having a much better 2.30 goals against average.
San Jose has paid out in 6 of their last 8 hockey betting matchups at home against LA.