Vegas Golden Knights (14-4-1) at San Jose Sharks (8-10-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +185 / Vegas Golden Knights -210 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Thursday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be looking to build on their 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in their last matchup. Mark Stone leads the Knights in scoring with 24 points including a team-high 19 assists while Max Pacioretty has 17 points with a team-high 10 goals and 7 assists. William Karlsson and Alex Tuch each have 16 points with Karlsson logging 6 goals and 10 assists while Tuch has 9 goals and 7 apples. Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore each have 14 points with Marchessault splitting 7 goals and 7 assists while Theodore has 3 goals and 11 assists. Marc-Andre Fleury has seen the bulk of the action in goal for Vegas with 11 wins and 3 shutouts along with a 1.71 GAA this season.
The San Jose Sharks will be out to bounce back form a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in their last game. Logan Couture has 19 points with a team-high 11 goals and 8 helpers while Evander Kane has 18 points with 8 goals and 10 assists and Timo Meier’s got 4 goals and 10 assists for his 14-point mark on the year. Kevin Labanc has 12 points with 4 goals and 8 assists and Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl each have 11 points on the year as well for San Jose. Martin Jones continues to see the majority of the action in goal for the Sharks, going 7-7 with a 3.72 GAA.
Vegas is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. San Jose is 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Vegas is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve tried to make a case to myself for San Jose, but the case I made for the Sharks earlier in the year is disappearing as the Sharks have turned into a sieve defensively and the offense is starting to stall. Vegas is pretty much the opposite, as they’re getting it done on both ends of the ice and I think it just all adds up to a comfortable Vegas win here so I’ll back Vegas on the puck line in this one.