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NHL Playoffs - Kings at Sharks

NHL playoffs handicappers will give the Sharks a good long look as this could finally be the year that they get over the hump and have success in the playoffs.
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NHL playoffs excitement is high in San Jose as the Sharks are the number two seed in the Western Conference and have a balanced team that is built to win in the 2011 hockey playoffs.

The San Jose Sharks will host the Los Angeles Kings in game one of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Thursday night with a starting time of 10 PM ET.  Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on this outstanding matchup as both side and total odds will be posted.

Los Angeles had a record of 46-30-4-2 and was 21-17-1-2 on the road.  The Kings were ranked 6th in the NHL for goals against as goaltender Jonathan Quick figures to be a key asset with the hockey betting odds.

Quick won 35 games in goal and had a 2.24 goals against average with 6 shutouts.  The Kings are not lacking for offensive scoring capability as center Anze Kopitar led them with 25 goals and 48 assists while right winger Dustin Brown had 28 goals.

San Jose finished 48-25-4-5 with the hockey betting line and was one of the hottest teams on the board down the stretch heading into playoff action.  The Sharks were 25-11-2-3 at home and were the 6th ranked in the NHL for goal scoring while ranking 10th for goals against.

Left winger Patrick Marleau was the top scorer for San Jose with 37 goals and 36 assists while goaltender Antti Niemi had a 2.38 goals against average and 35 wins with 6 shutouts.  Niemi was the Stanley Cup winning goaltender for Chicago last year.

San Jose has beaten the Kings in 5 of their last 8 meetings with 3 of the last 5 games between the two teams going under the total.  The Sharks have gotten the money in 7 of their last 10 home games against the Kings although LA did win 3 of their last 5 visits to the Shark Tank.

The Kings and Sharks have gone over the total in 4 of their last 5 matchups in San Jose.  This is the first ever meeting in the NHL playoffs between these two teams.