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Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks - 4/21/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Sunday April 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
Vegas Golden Knights -175 / San Jose Sharks +155 -- O/U: 6
TV Channel
NBCS
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The San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in game six of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night.

The San Jose Sharks will look to stave off elimination again and force a game seven after picking up a 5-2 win in game five on Thursday.

Tomas Hertl opened the scoring just 1:16 into the game for the Sharks before Logan Couture doubled the lead less than ten minutes later. Reilly Smith cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the 1st on the power play sending us to the 2nd period with a one goal game. Barclay Goodrow restored San Jose’s two goal cushion with the lone goal of the 2nd period before Jonathan Marchessault cut the deficit back to 3-2 with a power play goal just after the midway point of the 3rd period. Hertl responded by scoring his 2nd of the game just over three minutes later before Joe Pavelski iced the win with an empty net goal with less than two minutes to spare.

Martin Jones picked up the win for San Jose to improve to 2-2-0 this postseason after stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in the victory while Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 28 shots faced to fall to 3-2-0.

San Jose is 5-12 in their last 17 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Vegas is 9-3 in their last 12 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’d like to take a shot on San Jose and the plus money as the two most exciting words in hockey, or any sport for that matter, are game seven. However, the home team has had the majority of the success in this matchup, and I’m not overly sure how much I trust the Sharks on the road along with some questionable goaltending that’s been present down the stretch. Vegas has been one of the better teams on home ice since their inception into the NHL last season, so I’ll side with Vegas to close out the series with a win here.

Pick:
Vegas -175

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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