San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights

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The Golden Knights have the longest winning streak in the NHL and play host to the Sharks, who have the longest losing streak.

The Sharks have lost five in a row and it looks as if the playoffs are not in the cards for them this season. They are near the bottom of the West Division and they have lost all five games facing Vegas this season. In San Jose’s five-game skid they have been outscored 20-7.

The Golden Knights have reeled off six straight wins and with their last win pulled into a tie for first place in the West Division with the Colorado Avalanche. The team leads the league in goals against per game (2.18) and the team has killed it on the defensive side of the ice in the last few games.

Once Again

In the Sharks’ last game, they lost to the Minnesota Wild 5-2 where they gave up five unanswered goals after scoring the first one, and in the previous game, also against the Wild, lost 3-2 giving up three unanswered goals after scoring the first one. In the last game, Brent Burns and Joel Kellman each scored in the loss and each team took 28 shots. Martin Jones (15-12-2 3.25 GAA) allowed five goals in the first two periods before being yanked and rookie Josef Korenar (0-1-0 2.45 GAA) came in and stopped all four shots he faced. San Jose has lost Jones’ last four starts where he gave up at least four goals in three of them. Korenar may make his second career start and in his first one gave up four goals on 27 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

No shock the Sharks are well below .500, as they rank 27th in the league in goals against per game and 24h in goals per game. Evander Kane leads the team in goals and assists and in his last five games has one goal and no assists. Burns leads the club with 20 assists, and he has a goal and an assist over his last five games. This season the Sharks are 10-11-2 on the road.

Taking it to L.A.

After beating the Arizona Coyotes twice the Golden Knights have played the two teams from L.A. in their last four games where they outscored them 19-6. In their last game, they beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 where five different players lit the lamp and Marc-Andre Fleury (20-10-0) stopped 33 of 35 shots. Vegas has won his last three starts where he only gave up four goals and he ranks tied for fourth in the league in GAA. He also notched his first assist of the season in the last game.

Backup Robin Lehner (10-1-2 2.13 GAA) may get the call in this game and the Golden Knights have won his last four starts and in his last one, he recorded his first shutout of the season.

Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist in the last game and they lead the Golden Knights in points and goals respectively. Each has been on fire as of late, as Stone has four goals and six assists in his last five games and Pacioretty has four goals and five assists in his last five games. On the season Vegas has been on the best home teams in the league at 16-4-2.

The Bottom Line

 

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Golden Knights and Sharks will have their streaks end at some time, but that time is not in this game. Vegas has been great on both sides of the ice in winning their last six games and they will not take the reeling Sharks for granted since they are fighting with the Avs for the West Division crown. The sinking Sharks have been outscored 20-7 in losing five in a row and on the road I do not see them turning things around. The Golden Knights will play well, yet again, on both sides of the ice and they will easily win this game. They will win by at least a couple of goals, so take the puck line to get better odds.

Prediction:
Golden Knights – Puck Line -1.5 goals +105

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

I am leaning towards the Over in this one, as that was the winning pick for each team’s last game. The Golden Knights have scored nine goals in their last two games and they have a very balanced attack. They will stay on fire on the offensive side of the ice in this game lighting the lamp a few times. The Sharks have had issues scoring the puck all season and that will continue in this game. However, I do not see them getting shut out. The Vegas attack will impress again and that is the main reason that the Over is the pick for this division affair.

Prediction:
Over 6 goals