With the series tied at three games apiece, the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights meet for a winner-take-all Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The match will get going at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 23 and it can be seen live on NBC Sports Network.
Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Odds
The money line for each side is currently set at an identical -110, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 over, +100 under). Those O/U odds have shifted after originally opening at -115 over and -105 under.
San Jose is 49-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 88 regular season matches, 50 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team’s 27-17 SU at home this year.
The Sharks’ offensive skaters attempted 32.9 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.5 goals per contest (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the postseason, however, the team’s down to an average of 30.7 shots on goal 3.0 goals per game.
After sporting the sixth-best power-play unit in the regular season (converting 23.0 percent of all opportunities), the Sharks have connected on 16.0 percent of their extra-man advantages in the postseason.
With a .897 save percentage and 24.7 saves per game, Martin Jones (40-28-5) has been the primary option in goal for the Sharks this year. If head coach Peter Deboer decides to rest him, however, San Jose could turn to Aaron Dell (11-16-16 record, .884 save percentage, 3.19 goals against average).
On the other hand, Vegas is 46-42 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 43 of its matches have gone under the total, while 41 have gone over and just four have pushed. As an away team, the Golden Knights are 20-24 SU.
The Golden Knights have converted on 18.5 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 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.
Marc-Andre Fleury (2.50 goals against average and .913 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas. Fleury is averaging 26.3 saves per game and has 38 wins, 29 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Free Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over
- For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
- This game features two clubs that fire the puck toward the goal a lot. Vegas has registered the league’s second-most shots on goal (34.3) while San Jose has attempted the sixth-most (32.9). The Knights have averaged 27.6 shot attempts over their last five road games while the Sharks have taken 28.8 shots over their last five home outings.
- Eight of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 3-5 overall in those games.
- Vegas skaters have accounted for the league’s second-most hits per game (29.0).