San Jose vs Los Angeles NHL Playoffs Game 5 Odds Preview

San Jose vs Los Angeles NHL Playoffs Game 5 Odds Preview

Written by on April 21, 2016

When you regularly write about sports and make predictions on games, you very quickly learn that there are going to be a lot of times when you are way off base in the things you predict. Let’s face it, if predicting the outcomes of games were easy, we would all be living a very comfortable life with the money we earned from wagering. It is the uncertainty of everything that makes sports wagering so fun and exciting. The opening round series between the San Jose Sharks and LA Kings was one that I believed was destined to go the full 7 games, as these two teams are very similar. My feeling was that the playoff experience of the Kings would see them through in the end, but they come into Game 5 on Friday with the specter of elimination hanging over their heads. It’s not a huge surprise by any means, but it’s still something that I did not see coming. Can the Kings stay alive in this series, or will the Sharks close the deal? That’s what you have to decide when you place your wagers at our Hockey betting lines portal.

How To Bet The Sharks Vs Kings NHL Playoffs Odds TV & Game Info

When: Friday, April 22 at 10:30 PM ESTWhere: Staples Center, LATV: CNBCRadio: Sharks and KingsLive Stream: CNBCNHL Odds: TBA

Why bet on the San Jose Sharks

While the Sharks have to be delighted at the position they are in right now, they are also well aware that this is a series that they have not dominated. Each of the 4 games has been decided by a single goal, and it could just as easily be 3-1 in favor of the Kings. The Sharks have proven to be very opportunistic, and have power play goals in 3 of the 4 games. When you are playing in a series as tight as this one, it is those goals that can prove to be the difference. It certainly proved to be the difference in Game 4, as the Sharks scored all 3 of their goals with the man advantage.

Why bet on the LA Kings

You get the real sense that the Kings are shooting themselves in the foot, as they would probably not be losing this series if they could stay out of the penalty box. Half of San Jose’s goals in this series have come via the PP, which essentially proves that the Kings have the edge when playing 5 on 5. The Kings either need to become more disciplined, or find a way to get their penalty killing unit back on track if they want to stay alive in the playoffs. This has been a problem for this team all season, as they ended in the top 3 in goals against, but were middle of the pack in the penalty kill. It could well prove to be their undoing.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that the Game 4 win by the Sharks, especially with how they got there, was the undoing of the Kings. LA are going to put up a fight in their own building, but I ultimately believe they will fall short.San Jose Sharks 3 LA Kings 2