San Jose Sharks (49-28-10) at Vegas Golden Knights (56-24-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 28, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -195 / San Jose Sharks +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in game two of the NHL Western Conference playoffs at the T-Mobile Arena.
The San Jose Sharks could use a bounce back win after getting waxed in game one to tie this series up before heading back home. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with three goals, Joe Pavelski has four assists and Logan Couture has 15 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 nine goals on 145 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Vegas Golden Knights hope remain undefeated in the playoffs while getting off to an impressive 2-0 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. James Neal leads Vegas with two goals, Reilly Smith has six assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 20 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 three goals on 163 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Golden Knights are 31-11 in their last 42 home games, 9-3 in their last 12 Saturday games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Everbody seems to be waiting for the Vegas Golden Knights to come back to earth and look like the expansion team they are, and all they keep doing to winning games and cashing tickets. While the prices aren't cheap, there's no reason to jump on the Vegas bandwagon right now, as the defense has been lights out all playoffs and the offense is fresh off an explosion. Not to mention the Vegas Golden Knights don't lose often on their home ice, and the confidence will sky high after what they did in game one. High juice or not, I'm not trying to step in front of Vegas.