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Sharks Will Even Series With Kings With Big Home Win Tuesday Night

Posted by Carter Brown on 5/20/2013 7:23:55 PM

The San Jose Sharks conceded three power play goals as the visiting team in game two of their best-of-seven series against the Los Angeles Kings, losing 4-3 and conceding a two-games-to-none online sports betting series lead in the process. A much-more disciplined Sharks’ team took only two penalties in game three and didn’t allow a power play goal, scoring two of their own in a 2-1 overtime win. Special teams will be the key once again when San Jose hosts Los Angeles in game four on Tuesday night, with the chance to even the series at two wins each.

Eastern Conference Semi-Final
Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers
Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET – Game 3
Bruins lead 2-0

The Rangers need to worry about winning their next game before they begin thinking about evening their series, but they could still follow the Sharks’ lead. San Jose lost both games as the visiting team before winning game three on home ice, something New York will look to do as well. The Rangers are another team that has to find a way to be much more disciplined in game three, and they could use a stronger goaltending performance from Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist was expected to be New York’s key advantage in the sports betting series opposite Tuukka Rask, but that hasn’t been the case to this point. The second change will give Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella the chance to match lines and get the match up that he prefers, and the Bruins really haven’t shown the killer instinct to this point in the playoffs that would make you confident in picking them to take a commanding three-games-to-none series lead. Boston has played its best hockey when it has counted the most, but this isn’t one of those situations.

NHL Betting Pick: New York Rangers - 130

Western Conference Semi-Final
Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks
Tuesday, 10:00 PM ET – Game 4
Kings lead 2-1

The Sharks understand how important discipline will be moving forward in this series, and they need to find a way to duplicate what they did in game three when they held a 5-2 advantage in power play opportunities. Dan Boyle and Logan Couture scored power play goals for San Jose, with Couture’s coming just before an overtime power play expired. The Kings are a big, strong team that won’t give opponents many opportunities to beat them, but San Jose did an excellent job of defending against Los Angeles and then capitalizing when they got their chance in the extra frame. Jonathan Quick appeared rattled after Couture’s overtime winner, and could be vulnerable if the Sharks get a lot of traffic to the net early and make it tough on him to see pucks. Antti Niemi has held his own to this point in the series and cannot give Los Angeles any easy goals that could swing the momentum of this online sports betting contest.

NHL Betting Pick: San Jose Sharks + 130


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