There is no rest for the San Jose Sharks as they visit the Los Angeles Kings just a day after playing the Arizona Coyotes. The Sharks are thus underdogs on the NHL betting lines as the Kings look to make it four straight wins against them. However, San Jose could hold value, as this team has had success playing in L.A. in recent years.
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Sharks vs Kings. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
The King Shark Must Deliver
Defenseman Erik Karlsson is having one heck of a renaissance. The two-time Norris Trophy winner could claim his third if he keeps it up, as he leads all defensemen in points (54), goals created (17.7), and assists per game (one). He’s the main reason why the Sharks are not higher on the Connor Bedard sweepstakes.
Karlsson has had 16 multi-point games this season and San Jose is 6-6-4 in these games. But in games where he fails to record a point, the team is just 2-9-0. Together with Tomas Hertl, the Sharks’ on-ice shooting percentage is at its highest (11.7 percent) when either is on the ice.
However, that’s just one aspect of hockey. Defensively, Karlsson and the Sharks leave much to be desired. The goaltending is also the worst, with a combined -23.2 goals saved above average (GSAA), tied for second-worst in the league. With these stats, fading the Sharks is a routine play in the sportsbook.
Kings Raise Shaky Goaltending With Their Own
Guess which team the Sharks are tied with in those dubious goaltending stats? The Kings also own an unflattering -23.2 GSAA. The team’s netminding is so atrocious that Cal Petersen, who the organization just re-signed in 2021, got put on waivers. Pheonix Copley has taken over and has posted an 11-2-0 record.
He’s been solid for the most part but has given up three or more goals in four of his last seven starts. Fortunately, the Kings are one of the NHL’s most prolific offenses, as they rank 11th in goals per game (3.3).
But for this team, it will need to start fast. Los Angeles is 16-5-1 when scoring first and 21-5-4 when heading to the third period tied or with a lead. If they fall behind, the Sharks will be one of the worst third-period teams (-19).
Sharks vs Kings Game Injuries
Sharks vs Kings Head-to-Head
The Sharks are actually 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against the Kings. The total has gone under in three of their last four meetings. However, in their last three games, the Kings have outscored the Sharks 11-4 and won all three.
Sharks vs Kings Game Information
- Game: Sharks (13-21-8) vs Kings (24-14-6)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- Sharks vs Kings Live Stream: NHL.TV
Sharks vs Kings Betting Lines
Sharks vs Kings Picks & Prediction
The Kings are favored for good reasons here: San Jose is just 3-6 when on the second night of a back-to-back. This team is also playing its fourth game in six days and could be running out of gas. Los Angeles has defensive issues but is a potent team that scores 3.4 goals per home game. Bet online on the Kings.
The Los Angeles Kings are listed at -210 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Kings, you have a chance to win $48. The San Jose Sharks are +175, offering a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Kings a 67.74% chance to win, with the Sharks at 36.36%.