NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, California
When: Thursday April 18th at 10:00 PM ET
Money Line: San Jose -125
BookMaker has the San Jose Sharks listed as -125 money line favorites over the Vegas Golden Knights. The San Jose Sharks enter this game with a record of 47-30-9 and have lost three of their last five games including the last three games of the series to fall into a 1-3 series deficit.
The Vegas Golden Knights enter this game with a record of 46-33-7 and have won three of their last five games including the last three games of the series and will be looking to close out the series with a win on Thursday. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights are 46-33-7 overall and 20-21-2 on the road. The Vegas Golden Knights have a commanding 3-1 series lead in this series and will look to close it out on Thursday on the road, but even if they lose they will likely still win the series. Vegas is 46-33-7 overall, 20-21-2 on the road and 4-12-1 as an underdog this season.
Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone are tied for the team lead in points with 10 apiece. Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny are tied for the team lead in assists with 6 apiece. Mark Stone leads the team in goals with 6. Marc-Andrew Fleury is 3-1 with a .920 save % and is allowing 2.51 goals per game in the playoffs.
Vegas is averaging 3.1 goals per game which ranks 13th in the NHL. They are averaging 34.07 shots per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL. They are averaging 0.53 power play goals per game which ranks 21st in the NHL. They are averaging 2.95 power play chances per game which ranks 13th in the NHL.
The Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game which is tied for 10th in the NHL.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks are 47-30-9 overall and 26-12-5 at home. The San Jose Sharks will look to avoid losing the series with a win at home in the game on Thursday against Vegas. San Jose is 47-30-9 overall, 26-12-5 at home and 40-25-9 as a favorite. Erik Karlsson leads the team in points and assists with 5 points and 5 assists.
Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl are tied for the team lead in goals with 2 apiece. Martin Jones is 1-2 with a .838 save % and is allowing 5.34 goals per game in the playoffs.
San Jose is averaging 3.49 goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL. They are averaging 32.95 shots per game which ranks 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.70 power play goals per game which ranks 6th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.02 power play chances per game which is tied for 11th in the NHL.
The Sharks are allowing 3.24 goals per game which ranks 22nd in the NHL.
Vegas closes out the series with a win on the road
Vegas has dominated this series both in the playoffs and all-time. Vegas is 7-2-1 in their last ten match-ups with San Jose while outscoring the Sharks by an average of 4.4 to 2.4 in those games. The Golden Knights are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Sharks while outscoring San Jose by an average of 5.33 to 2 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with a Vegas win on the road against the Sharks to close out the series. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.