Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Game Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Vegas Golden Knights at the SAP Center in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The first puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 6, and it’ll be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Network.

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Odds

San Jose (+120) is currently the underdog to San Jose (-140), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 to bet the under, +105 for the over).

Vegas is 58-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 20.3 units this year. Through 91 regular season matches, 46 of its games have gone over the total, while 42 have gone under and just three have pushed. As an away team this season, the Knights are 25-20 SU.

After accounting for the 10th-best power-play unit in the regular season (scoring on 21.2 percent of all opportunities), the Golden Knights have been able to score on 17.9 percent of their postseason power play opportunities. Their penalty kill has gone from 82.2 percent in the regular season to 84.2 percent in the playoffs.

The Golden Knights offensive skaters attempted 32.8 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per contest (ranked fourth overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the clubs maintaining an average of 33.3 shots on goal ( 2.9 goals per game).

Averaging 28.6 saves per game with a .931 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (36-19-5) has been the top option in goal for Vegas this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Vegas could go with Malcolm Subban (15-7-2 record, .910 save percentage, 2.68 goals against average).

William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault will both lead the way for the visiting Golden Knights. Karlsson has 87 points on 47 goals and 40 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 22 different games. Marchessault has 30 goals and 55 assists to his credit, and has registered at least one point in 50 games.

San Jose is 51-40 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. 46 of its contests have gone under the total, while 42 have gone over and just three have pushed. This season, the teams 28-17 SU at home.

The Sharks have converted on just 21.3 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 second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.

San Jose skaters have been called for penalties only 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 5.1 per game over their last ten outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties a whopping 19.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Martin Jones has stopped 26.2 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Sharks. Jones has 37 wins, 32 losses, and eight overtime losses to his name and has recorded a .916 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average this season.

Joe Pavelski (24 goals, 50 assists) and Brent Burns (15 goals, 59 assists) will pace the attack for the host team.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone over in four of San Jose’s last five games.
  • This game features two offenses that have clobbered opponents nets with shots. Vegas has registered the leagues 10th-most shots on goal (32.8) while San Jose has attempted the eighth-most (33.1).