Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/17/21

Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/17/21 Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (11-12-3) at Vegas Golden Knights (19-6-1)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -234 / San Jose Sharks +206 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.

The San Jose Sharks come into this game looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Vegas in their last matchup. Evander Kane leads the Sharks in scoring with 23 points including 11 goals and a team-high 12 assists while Logan Couture has 22 points with a team-high 13 goals this season. Timo Meier also has 18 points with 12 assists of his own this season. As a team, San Jose is averaging 2.8 goals per game on 30 shots per game with a 19.5% mark on the power play while allowing 3.5 goals per game on 32 shots per game against with a 79.3% mark on the PK this year.

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to build on their victory over the Sharks from their last outing. Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 33 points including a team-high 23 assists while Max Pacioretty has 27 points with a team-high 14 goals and 13 assists as well as a team-high 112 shots on target this year. Alex Tuch is also right there with 13 goals and 7 assists for his 20 points this season. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.3 goals per game on 30.1 shots per game with a 16.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.2 goals per game on 27.6 shots against per game and an 85.3% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

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San Jose is 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 17-36 in their last 53 games as an underdog while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. Vegas is 42-17 in their last 59 games overall and 36-16 in their last 52 home games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games following a win. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Vegas.

The plus money is tempting with how much effort we saw from the Sharks in the last loss to Vegas, but the Golden Knights are still the better team and are capable of beating up on a subpar team like the Sharks. Instead, I’m going to side with the under here. We saw the defensive effort ratcheted up on both sides in the last meeting and I feel that this game will be no different. Give me the under here.

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Chris’s Pick Under 6

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