San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two of the least-penalized clubs in the league, the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at T-Mobile Arena in a Pacific Division tilt. The first puck will drop at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 31, and you’ll be able to view the game live on NBC Sports California.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas is 48-29 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 15.2 units this season. Through 77 regular season matches, 38 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 27-12 SU at home.

The Golden Knights have connected on 22.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Golden Knights have been whistled for penalties just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over their past five games total, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

With a .931 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (28-16-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Knights this season. If head coach Gerard Gallant decides to give him the evening off, however, the team could turn to Malcolm Subban (13-5-5 record, .917 save percentage, 2.51 goals against average).

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson will each lead the offensive attack for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (73 points) is up to 25 goals and 48 assists and has recorded two or more points 21 times this year. Karlsson has 40 goals and 30 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 49 games.

Over on the other bench, San Jose is 44-34 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.4 units this year. Through 78 regular season outings, 42 of its games have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Sharks are 20-20 SU.

The Sharks have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully killed off 84.9 percent of all penalties.

San Jose’s skaters have been called for penalties only 3.3 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their last five outings total, and 2.8 per game over their last five on the road. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Martin Jones (26.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose. Jones has 30 wins, 26 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit, while registering a .917 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average this year.

Brent Burns (11 goals, 52 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Sharks.

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Two of Vegas last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 3-3 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in each of Vegas last five outings.
  • Six of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-1 in those games.