The San Jose Sharks head north to take on the Edmonton Oilers, while the Los Angeles Kings hope to keep up their solid form heading into the postseason against a feisty Vancouver Canucks team. This betting guide will help you navigate a pair of Thursday’s late games.
San Jose Sharks (+260) vs Edmonton Oilers (-350)
SJ: 32-36-12, 2.59 GF/GP, 3.16 GA/GP, L10: 3-4-3
EDM: 47-27-6, 3.48 GF/GP, 3.06 GA/GP, L10: 7-2-1
Edmonton has been rolling into the postseason, winning five of their last six while averaging 4.33 goals per game over that stretch. San Jose hasn’t been as lucky. The Sharks have won just three of their last 10, but that does include a pair of wins in their last three contests. However, the Oilers have won all three contests between the teams this season.
Edmonton returns home for the final two games of the season and is locked into playing the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. About the only question the Sharks have is if they’ll finish ahead of the Anaheim Ducks in the middle of the non-playoff clubs. San Jose looked sloppy and sluggish on Tuesday, getting hammered 5-2 by those Ducks, and they look like they might be playing out the string with a pair of road games to close out the season.
Think about giving the Oilers puck line (-1.5, -125) a look here. San Jose has been brutal on the road (14-18-7), while Edmonton is 12-0-1 in their last 13 at home. The total has gone over in 12 of the last 15 meetings between these two teams, including seven of the last eight in Edmonton. San Jose’s last two games have combined for 16 goals, too, so also look for a lot of goals. Take the over (O6.5, -115).
Los Angeles Kings (+105) vs Vancouver Canucks (-125)
LAK: 44-27-10, 2.88 GF/GP, 2.83 GA/GP, L10: 6-4-0
VAN: 39-30-11, 3.01 GF/GP, 2.84 GA/GP, L10: 7-2-1
The Vancouver Canucks might be out of playoff contention, but they still have been one of the sharpest teams in the league lately. Vancouver is 7-2-1 over its last 10 and is 5-0-1 in the last six games at home. The Kings are locked into the playoffs, and will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back – but that hasn’t necessarily been a bad thing for Los Angeles.
The Kings have won six of their last seven games playing on zero days’ rest and have won six of their last seven overall. Goaltender Jonathan Quick has been great, but he likely gets the night off after playing Wednesday against the Seattle Kraken. Calvin Petersen has been less than impressive lately, losing his last three starts while giving up a total of 15 goals. The Canucks hung four goals on Petersen earlier this year.
This will be the third matchup between the teams this season, and Vancouver has gotten points from each of the first two, winning one and losing in a shootout in the other. The win was a shutout, and the shootout loss finished a tight 2-1. This looks like a good spot for Vancouver (-125), and the over (O6, -105) probably isn’t a bad play, either. The under hasn’t hit in a Canucks game since April 3, and the over has won nine of Vancouver’s last 11 against Pacific Division foes.
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