The home team has yet to lose in the 2013 NHL Playoff matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. After losing the first two games in L.A., the Sharks pulled out an overtime victory once they returned to San Jose. On Tuesday night, the club will look to continue the trend in Game Four.
San Jose will look to tie up their series at two games apiece when they host Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the contest on TV, but fans can watch a free live stream online with NBC Sports Live Extra.
The defending Stanley Cup champs are looking to win on the road, despite having little success away from Los Angeles. The Kings have just one victory in their last 10 road games. It was an important one, though, as they stole Game Six of their first round series with the Blues in St. Louis.
If the Kings can avoid costly mistakes, they may very well find themselves with a chance to clinch the series at home in Game Five. They lost in Game Three on an overtime goal by Logan Couture, but the opportunity was created by a controversial penalty. Trevor Lewis was called for goaltender interference, which gave San Joes the power-play opportunity. However, the Kings believe Patrick Marleau pushed Lewis into goalie Antti Niemi.
Niemi will likely have to have a big performance in order to help his team even up the series. Even in their losses, Jonathan Quick has been terrific in the playoffs. He’s allowed just 1.6 goals per game to go along with a 94.7 save percentage. He leads a defense that has killed 86.2 percent of opponents’ power plays, and he’s given up three goals in two of the nine postseason games.
The Sharks hope their home crowd can help neutralize the Kings exceptional penalty kill. San Jose has scored on 40 percent of its power play opportunities at home, as opposed to going 1-16 on the power play on the road.
Betting Odds: San Jose-135, Los Angeles+115
Prediction: Los Angeles 3, San Jose 1