NHL playoffs handicappers have a challenging handicap with this series as the Sharks are again teetering on the brink of disaster in the first round of the hockey playoffs.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the San Jose Sharks in game 6 of their best of seven NHL Western Conference quarterfinals series with a starting time from Staples Center of 10 PM ET. The Sharks lead the series 3-2 and can clinch a second round bid with a win in this one while the Kings need a win in order to force a 7th game in San Jose on Wednesday.
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San Jose is trying to fight off their reputation of being an outstanding regular season team that chokes in the playoffs which has been their pattern for most of the past decade.
The Sharks entered post season play with the hockey gambling odds as the two seed in the Western Conference with an impressive record of 48-25-4-5 and were a good road team with a mark of 23-14-2-2. San Jose posted a phenomenal game 3 win last week at Los Angeles in which they rallied from a 0-4 deficit to win the game and seemingly kill off the Kings.
But on Saturday night at home in the Shark Tank with a chance to end the series the Sharks came out flat as LA took a quick 3-0 lead and this time kept the door shut to earn a 3-1 win as +183 dogs as the game stayed under the total of 5.
It is interesting to note that despite missing their top regular season scorer Anze Kopitar to injury the Kings are ranked 5th in the NHL Playoffs for goal scoring as they are playing excellent team hockey at the moment.
Ryane Clowe of San Jose has the hot hand with the hockey lines so far with 4 goals and 3 assists.
San Jose has won 18 out of their last 25 games at Los Angles and the road team has won the last 4 games of this NHL playoffs series.