San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The San Jose Sharks look to even the series at one game apiece at T-Mobile Arena in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semis. The game gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 28 and it’s being televised live on NBC.

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

With a moneyline of -185, Vegas enters the contest as the substantial favorite. The line for San Jose sits at +160, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -140 under, +120 over.

The Golden Knights are 56-31 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 21.1 units this season. Through 87 regular season matches, 43 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 41 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 32-12 SU at home this year.

Vegas offense attempted 32.8 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per outing (ranked fourth overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the club is managing an average of 33.0 shots on goal 2.8 goals per game.

Following a regular season where they converted 21.4 percent of all power-play opportunities (the 10th-strongest), the Golden Knights have connected on 18.2 percent of their power plays in the early stages of this postseason. Their penalty kill has gone from 82.7 percent in the regular season to 94.4 percent in the playoffs.

Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .933 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (34 wins, 17 losses, and four OT losses) has been the top option in goal for the Golden Knights this season. If they choose to give him a breather, however, the team may go with Malcolm Subban (15-7-7 record, .910 save percentage, 2.68 goals against average).

The Knights will continue to look for offensive production out of William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault. Karlsson (83 points) is up to 44 goals and 39 assists and has recorded multiple points on 19 separate occasions this year. Marchessault has 28 goals and 52 assists to his name and has notched a point in 48 games.

Over on the other bench, San Jose is 49-38 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.2 units this season. Through 87 regular season matches, 45 of its games have gone under the total, while 39 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the visiting team, San Jose is 22-22 SU.

San Jose has converted on 21.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully defended 84.2 percent of all penalties.

San Jose’s players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game this season, and 5.6 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays 16.6 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

Martin Jones (26.0 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for San Jose. Jones owns a 35-30-7 record, and has registered a .916 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average this year.

Joe Pavelski (23 goals, 48 assists) has been one of the most vital playmakers on offense for the visiting Sharks.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in three of Vegas last five games.
  • Two teams that shoot the puck early and often, San Jose has taken the leagues eighth-most shots on goal (32.9) and Vegass attempted the 10th-most (32.8).
  • The extra-man advantage could have a critical role in tonight’s game. The Sharks are 22-21 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 38-27 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total. The Golden Knights are 22-12 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 43-20 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Vegas has managed 14.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 10.4 takeaways per game (ranked 2nd in the NHL).
  • San Jose is ranked fifth this season with 8.6 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the team has created 7.6 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.0 takeaways over its last five.