Sharks vs. Kings Game 2 Pick
The Los Angeles Kings will try to rebound from their Game 1 loss to the San Jose Sharks and avoid falling into an 0-2 series hole when the two teams clash again tonight at 10:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Kings are -147 money line favorites to beat the Sharks, who have odds of +135 to pull off another upset in this conference quarterfinals matchup. The total, meanwhile, is sitting at 5 goals.
Jonathan Quick had a rough performance in Game 1 of this series, turning away just 19-of-23 shots, including four-of-five on the penalty kill. The eventual game-winner came on a wrap-around goal by Joe Pavelski just 17 seconds into the third period. On a positive note, Quick has started in 77 consecutive playoff games for L.A. and is one of just three players to appear in all 77 of those contests.
For the Sharks, moving Patrick Marleau down a line gave the team a huge advantage in Game 1 notes the San Jose Mercury News. The third line of Marleau, Matt Nieto and Melker Karlsson outplayed the Kings' third line led by Vincent Lecavalier. Los Angeles will need to figure out a way to counter the move tonight.
OUR PICK: The road team is now 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams and the Sharks are hot, winning 19 of their last 26 games on the road and four of their last five overall. They're also an impressive 10-2 in their last 12 games versus a team with a winning record while the Kings are 1-4 in their last five games playing on one day of rest.
NHL GAME 2 PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: SAN JOSE SHARKS +135