San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 16, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks +130 / Vegas Golden Knights -152 -- Over/Under: 6.5
The San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Tuesday in game four of the NHL first round at the T-Mobile Arena.
The San Jose Sharks hope to even up the series at 2-2 before heading home for game five on Thursday. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with two goals, Erik Karlsson has five assists and Tomas Hertl has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 4.3 goals per game and are killing 69.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up two goals on 16 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 11 goals on 73 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 16 games.
The Vegas Golden Knights can take complete control of this series with a third straight win to go up 3-1. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 4.3 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Vegas with six goals, Paul Stastny has six assists and Reilly Smith has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 10 goals on 97 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 4-11 in their last 15 overall. The Golden Knights are 8-3 in their last 11 games as a home favorite, 8-3 in their last 11 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Sharks are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Vegas and the underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Sharks last 4 overall. The over is 4-0 in Golden Knights last 4 overall.
The San Jose Sharks have won seven of their last 11 games as a road underdog and have found enough offense to be in this series. With a bounce here or a bounce there, the Sharks could be the team with a series lead considering they're fourth among playoff teams with an average of 3.6 goals. The difference is the Vegas Golden Knights have gotten whatever they want offensively through the first three games and it's hard to see that changing given how San Jose entered the playoffs struggling defensively. Vegas has also won nine of its last 14 games as a home favorite and is 8-3 in the playoffs all-time as a home favorite. I like the Golden Knights to put a stranglehold on this series.