The Sharks were the only ones to sweep their opponents in the opening round of the playoffs, but they now find themselves in the awkward position of suffering a similar fate. Los Angeles won both games played at home after scoring the decisive goals in the final period, and could now strike a decisive blow in San Jose.
Bet: San Jose
Odds: Unibet 2.35
The Kings have won five games in a row, but the last one could’ve easily gone the other way as Los Angeles tied the score with less than 2 min. remaining in regulation time. 20 seconds later, the host dated again to secure a victory in 60 minutes and are now on the verge of securing qualification in the conference final. Home ice advantage was expected to be huge in this series, despite the fact that the Sharks took both games played away at Vancouver in the opening series.
The Sharks were downright ruthless when they had an extra man on the ice, while being surprisingly vulnerable when their opponents had power-play advantage. Thornton and Marleau failed to rise to the challenge and the best proof is that their team only scored one goal in two hours of play. The head to head record is not particularly encouraging and even though they return to San Jose, the Sharks are not going to be overwhelming favorites to win the game.
Last season Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup, and in all but one series the Kings lost game three, eventually rebounding and prevailing. Unibet prices San Jose to win in regulation time at 2.35, odds that are simply too high to turn down, despite what happened in the first two games of the series.