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Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks - 4/14/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Sunday April 14, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
3780 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158, USA
The Line
Las Vegas Golden Knights -143; O/U: 6.5
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Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Golden Knights return to The Strip looking to take the lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the San Jose Sharks with a win on Sunday night.

The Sharks looked downright awful to open the game in San Jose on Friday night as they gave up 3 early goals against a motivated Knights side but they rallied to tie the game before the end of the first period in what was a very exciting 20 minutes. However, Vegas got the best of the Sharks to tie the series and are now back at home where they have had a ton of success since entering the league last season. San Jose is 5-1 in their last 6 Conference quarterfinal games and are 40-19 in their last 59 contests against Pacific division foes but the Knights 5-2 in their last 7 contests at home against San Jose which leaves the Sharks as an underdog coming into T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night. Martin Jones was pulled on Friday night but is expected to get back in the crease here as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury who will counter for the Golden Knights.

The Knights meanwhile responded very well after a series opening loss against the Sharks with a bounce back effort that ended as a 5-3 final in a back and forth affair setting up what should be an exciting game 3. Vegas looked like the team we saw last year in the playoffs with the way the bounces landed in their favor but they earned a series tying victory and will be in great shape here heading back home where they have been excellent over the last two seasons and they will look to hinge on the noise from the crowd to another early lead. The Knights are 21-4 in their last 25 Sunday games and 7-3 in their last 10 home games which accounts for them being a slight home favorite here against San Jose.

The Sharks are 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a slight road underdog while Vegas is 8-3 in their last 11 following a win and 2-7 in their last 9 against the Western Conference. The Sharks looked terrible at times in Game 2 and the confidence in Martin Jones can’t be good right now which leads us to lean on the home side here to take the series lead.

Pick:
Las Vegas Golden Knights -143
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