San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview 4/16/19

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The San Jose Sharks look to even the series at two games apiece at T-Mobile Arena in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. NBC Sports Network will showcase the matchup, and the puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 16.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas (-155) is currently favored over San Jose (+135), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

San Jose is 47-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 49 of its outings have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just three have pushed. This 2018-19 Sharks team is 21-21 SU on the road.

Following a regular season where they scored on 23.4 percent of all power-play chances (the sixth-best), the Sharks have connected on 18.8 percent of their extra-man advantages in the early stages of these playoffs.

The Sharks’ offensive attack attempted 33.0 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.5 goals per outing (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the club’s managing an average of 32.7 shots on goal (while being up to 3.7 goals per game).

With a .894 save percentage and 24.4 saves per game, Martin Jones (38-27-5) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose this season. If head coach Peter Deboer chooses to rest him, however, San Jose might turn to Aaron Dell (11-15-4 record, .886 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average).

On the other side of the rink, Vegas is 45-40 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 85 regular season contests, 41 of its games have gone under the total, while 40 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team is 25-17 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have converted on just 18.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.

Marc-Andre Fleury (26.3 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Golden Knights. Fleury has 37 wins, 27 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has registered a .912 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average this season.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five matchups.
  • Two offenses that have clobbered opponents’ nets with shots, San Jose has taken the league’s sixth-most shots on goal (33.0) and Vegas’s attempted the second-most (34.2).
  • Six of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-4 in those games.
  • Including the regular season, the Golden Knights have recorded the second-most hits per game in the NHL (28.2), but the team’s averaged 35.4 over their last five games as the home team.