Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 10, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
San Jose, California
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights +110 / San Jose Sharks -132 -- Over/Under: 6
The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in game one of the NHL first round at the SAP Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in the playoffs for a second straight year and have unfinished business after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 25 goals, Reilly Smith has 34 assists and Shea Theodore has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 152 goals on 1,1745 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 60 goals on 612 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The San Jose Sharks are in the playoffs for a fifth straight year and hope to make it out of the first round for the third time during that span. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 38 goals, Brent Burns has 67 assists and Logan Couture has 204 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 70 goals on 613 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 176 goals on 1,699 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Golden Knights are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 5-17 in their last 22 games as an underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Sharks are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home favorite and 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 road games. The over is 6-2-1 in Sharks last 9 vs. Western Conference.
Defense usually rules in the playoffs, so I tend to look for under this time of year, but both of these teams had a hard time keeping the puck out of the back of the net over the last month or so and overs have been popular trends. There have also been at least six combined goals in seven of the last 10 meetings between the Golden Knights and Sharks. In fact, the last six meetings have produced an average of 6.5 goals scored. Instead of picking a side in game one of this intriguing playoff series, I'm siding with the over.