Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

A game between two squads currently on winning streaks, the San Jose Sharks and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights clash at the SAP Center in a Pacific Division tilt. The match will get started at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 22, and it will air live on NBC Sports Network.

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Odds

Vegas is 47-26 straight up (SU) and has earned 18.5 units for moneyline bettor

s this season. 38 of its matches have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Golden Knights team is 21-15 SU on the road.

Vegas has converted on 22.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.2 percent of its penalties.

The Knights, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over its past five matchups total, and 3.0 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.0 saves per game with a .930 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (27-14-3) has been the top option in goal for Vegas this year. If Vegas decides to rest him, however, head coach Gerard Gallant could turn to Malcolm Subban (13-4-1), who has a .914 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average this year.

The visiting Golden Knights have relied on Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson this season. Marchessault (67 points) has tallied 23 goals and 44 assists, and has recorded two or more points 20 times. Karlsson has 39 goals and 27 assists to his credit, and has registered a point in 46 games.

Over on the other bench, San Jose is 41-32 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 2.4 units this year. 40 of its games have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team’s 22-14 SU as the home team.

The Sharks have converted on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.3 percent of all opponent power plays.

Sharks players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 1.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 4.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Martin Jones (25.9 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for the Sharks. Jones has 27 wins, 25 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a .916 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average this season.

Joe Pavelski (19 goals, 40 assists) will lead the attack for the home team.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • San Jose is 4-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 3-2 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in each of San Jose’s last five outings.
  • San Jose has scored 3.1 goals per game overall this year, but has raised that figure up to 5.4 per match up over its five-game winning streak.
  • Over San Jose’s last ten outings, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 7-2 in those games).