Vegas Golden Knights (57-24-8) at San Jose Sharks (50-28-11)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 2, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -175 / Vegas Golden Knights +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in game four of the NHL Western Conference playoffs at the SAP Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another road victory to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Las Vegas with four goals, Reilly Smith has eight assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 10 goals on 252 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 18 games.
The San Jose Sharks need a victory here in order to tie up the series at 2-2 before going to Vegas for game five on Friday. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with four goals, Joe Pavelski has six assists and Brent Burns has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up two goals on 21 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 16 goals on 207 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed a combined 14 goals in this series.
The Golden Knights are 39-18 in their last 57 vs. Western Conference, 24-9 in their last 33 vs. Pacific and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Sharks are 12-5 in their last 17 home games, 21-5 in their last 26 vs. Pacific and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Golden Knights are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Four of the seven meetings between the Golden Knights and Sharks have gone to overtime, so there's reason to consider the home team here. Despite the defensive struggles in this series, the Sharks have played well enough to stay in this thing and possibly advance. However, the end results don't lie and the bottom line is the Vegas Golden Knights have gotten whatever they want offensively and know how to finish games. San Jose has trouble scoring five on five and has allowed three or more goals in six of the seven meetings against Las Vegas. You have to love the value of the plus money in this spot.