Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 23): Kings vs Sharks Prediction
The NHL has one more action-packed night before taking a three-day rest. Thirty of the thirty-one teams will play a game on Saturday night. My best picks for December 23. Odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight instead of paying for them.
Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks Prediction
The Kings enter the night on top of the Pacific Division. Los Angeles is 22-10-4 this season. San Jose is in 3rd place in the Pacific. The Sharks have gone 18-11-4. The Kings will enter this game as winners of 2 straight. Los Angeles has lost 3 of their last 4 on the road. Sharks won their last game and have won 4 of their last 5 at home.
San Jose and Los Angeles have split the season series up to this point in the season. The first game was held on October 7 in San Jose. The Kings won that game 4-1. Anze Kopitar scored twice and added an assist in the win. Jonathan Quick stopped twenty-four of twenty-five shots. The second matchup was on November 12 in Los Angeles. The Sharks ended up getting the 2-1 win. Anze Kopitar added another point in that game, but it was the goalies that shined. Martin Jones stopped 26 of 27 shots. Quick stopped 31 of 33.
This game has been a battle between goalies on multiple occasions. Jonathan Quick is expected to play for the Kings on Saturday night. Quick has a save percentage of .928 and a GAA of 2.23. Quick has played great this season and against the Sharks. The Kings see quite a bit of the Sharks and I expect Quick to play well in this rivalry game again on Saturday night. San Jose is likely going to give Martin Jones the start in net. Jones has put up a .912 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA. Jones has played solid hockey against the Kings and even played in Los Angeles at the start of his career. Jones’ stats may not be as good as Quick’s, but do not count him out.
Los Angeles Kings (+113) at San Jose Sharks (-124)
After struggling last season, Anze Kopitar has taken over for the Kings. Kopitar has scored seventeen goals and added twenty-three assists. Dustin Brown is second on the team with twenty-nine points. Drew Doughty, Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin have all passed the twenty-point mark. Logan Couture leads the Sharks in points with twenty-six. Joe Thornton is right behind him with twenty-five. Brent Burns rounds out the top three with twenty-three points. Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski each have twenty-one points. The Sharks are twenty-eight in goals scored this season.
Los Angeles has the better goalie and a better offense then the Sharks. The Sharks are listed as a favorite in this matchup. This seems wrong to me. By giving San Jose a -124 money line, the Sharks are expected to win fifty-five percent of the time. The Kings have been the better team this season. In a rivalry game like this it could go either way, but I like the Kings as an underdog.