Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Vegas Golden Knights at the SAP Center in Game 4 of the NHL’s Western Conference Semis. The match gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 2 and it’s being shown live on NBC Sports Network.

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Odds

Vegas (+110) is currently the underdog to San Jose (-130), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -105 money on the over and -115 for the under.

Vegas is 57-32 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 20.3 units this year. Through 89 regular season contests, 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 41 have gone under and just three have pushed. This 2017-18 Golden Knights team is 25-19 SU on the road.

The Golden Knights offense attempted 32.7 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per contest (ranked fourth overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the team is attempting an average of 32.4 shots on goal 3.0 goals per game.

Following a regular season where they converted 21.5 percent of all power-play opportunities (the 10th-best), the Golden Knights have connected on 20.0 percent of their postseason power play chances. Their penalty kills gone from 82.3 percent in the regular season to 86.2 percent in the playoffs.

Boasting a .932 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (35-18-5) has been the top option in goal for Vegas this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Gerard Gallant could go with Malcolm Subban (15-7-2), who has a .910 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.

William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Golden Knights. Karlsson has 87 points on 47 goals and 40 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 21 different games. Marchessault has 29 goals and 54 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 49 games).

On the other bench, San Jose is 50-39 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.5 units this year. 45 of its outings have gone under the total, while 41 have gone over and just three have pushed. This season, the team is 27-17 SU as the home team.

The Sharks have converted on just 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, 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 83.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Sharks players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 6.0 per game over their past five outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 14.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Martin Jones has stopped 26.0 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Sharks. Jones has 36 wins, 31 losses, and eight overtime losses to his name and has maintained a .916 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average this season.

The Sharks offense will be led by Brent Burns (15 goals, 58 assists) and Joe Pavelski (23 goals, 50 assists).

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of San Jose’s last five outings.
  • Two clubs that fire the puck on goal a lot, Vegas has taken the leagues 10th-most shots on goal (32.7) and San Jose has attempted the eighth-most (33.2).