San Jose Sharks +1.5 -183 (3 Units)
I am going to take it easy tonight because I really don't like any of the games on the card. I see several underdogs coming through with wins tonight and the Sharks are definitely one of them. San Jose is coming off a huge come-from-behind win over the Dallas Stars and I see them catching the Kings in this one. The Kings are stupid enough to let Mathieu Garon start tonight even though Jason Labarbera is unbeaten and has been a stud in net. Garon has been brutal with a SV% of .873. The Sharks have finally realised that in order to compete on the road, they need to take a lot of shots. In their last two road games, San Jose is averaging 39.5 shots per game and it has paid off as they have covered the PuckLine both times. Rookie Nolan Schaefer is in net for the Sharks tonight and after reading an interview with him yesterday, it really sounds like he is ready to go. Apparently, he was the #1 star in a pre-season game with the Canucks and a few of his saves made the highlight-reel. In their last six visits to the Staples Center, the Sharks have either won each game or lost by only one goal. Not once have they lost by more than a goal and I see the same thing going on tonight. This is a very young team and their speed has them built for third period comebacks. Toss out the two losses to Minnesota and Columbus because the team was in shambles with the Nabokov injury and all. This team is very confident in Schaefer and he will stand on his head tonight. Overall, the Sharks are 7-2-1 in their last 10 versus the Kings.