Sharks (18-22-5) at Golden Knights (32-11-2)
- Time: 6:30PM PST – 8:30PM CST – 9:30PM EST
- Place: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- TV: NBC Sports California | AT&T SportsNet | NHL Center Ice
The Puck Drop
The Vegas Golden Knights can clinch their third consecutive playoff spot in as many seasons of existence if they can pull one point from this evening’s outing.
The Golden Knights have dominated San Jose, 6-0-0 this season as they took a 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks in a shootout on Monday evening. After San Jose took a 2-0 lead, Vegas fought back behind two goals from Mark Stone, the second coming at 3:29 into the third period to force extra hockey. Alex Tuch scored on the first Golden Knights’ attempt in the shoot out as goalie Robin Lehner turned away all three San Jose attempts.
Both of these teams are going in opposite directions as the Golden Knights have won seven in a row and eight out of nine while the Sharks have dropped six in a row and seven out of the last eight games.
Vegas sets atop the West Division with 66 points, two ahead of the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks are in sixth with 41 points as they are four points out of fourth which is currently occupied by the Arizona Coyotes.
The Golden Knights are 14-1-3 in 18 regular-season meetings with the Sharks.
San Jose Sharks:
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the last 5 Sharks games
- The total has also gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose’s last 6 road games
- The total has been UNDER in 6 of the last 7 encounters with the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena
Vegas Golden Knights:
- The total has been UNDER in 8 of the Vegas Golden Knights’ last 10 games against the Sharks
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the Golden nights’ last 5 games at home
- Vegas is 7-0 SU in it’s last 7 games
With the alternation of goalies in play, at least for now, it stands to reason that Marc-Andre Fleury (20-10-0 2.09 GAA) will be back in goal this evening when the Golden Knights face the Sharks for the seventh time this season. Both he and Robin Lehner, though, are a driving force as to why Vegas has been so successful this season. Fleury has won three in a row after dropping three as he has stopped 67 of 71 shots in his last three games. Lehner has one outright loss all season as he sits at 11-1-2 and a 211 GAA with his win on Monday.
Martin Jones continues as the Sharks’ primary goalie as he is 15-12-3 with a 3.19 GAA in saving 89.8 percent of his shots. Jones is 0-4-1 in his last five and has struggled with an unsuccessful defense in front of him.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Sharks||+1½ (-110)||+235||O 6 (-105)|
|Golden Knights||-1½ (-110)||-275||U 6 (-115)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Mark Stone has five goals and four assists vs. San Jose as he has been a pain in the fin all season as he continues to feast on the Sharks after the two-goal performance on Monday. He continues to lead the Golden Knights in scoring with 52 points (17g./ 35 asst.) while Max Pacioretty has three goals and six assists in his last five games. Stone also has three game-winning goals against San Jose this season while Pacioretty joins him with nine points each in the six games. Shea Theodore assisted both of Stone’s goals as he has 30 of the season.
San Jose led for most of the evening on Monday as Nikolai Knyzhov and Noah Gregor paced a 2-0 lead until Stone’s first goal at 1:22 in the second period. Kevin Leblanc and Marc Nieto lead the Sharks with two goals apiece in the series while leading scorer Evander Kane and Erik Karlsson have three assists each. Dubnyk has a 3.63 GAA vs. VGK and has appeared in four of the games.
Neither team has an adept power play as San Jose is 27th in the NHL with a 16.1 percent conversion rate while Vegas is just a bit better at 17.1 percent, good for 23rd. Both of Stone’s goals were power-play markers on Monday which boosted Vegas to a 4-of-15 power-play mark in its last five games.
The Sharks have to go back five games to find even the first power-play conversion as Timo Meier converted in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The San Jose power play is an anemic 1-of-21 over the last seven games.
Both penalty kills are markedly better than the power plays as Vegas sits second in the NHL with an 85.2 kill percentage while San Jose’s 80.7 percent kill quota is 12th. The Golden Knights have killed 18-of-20 penalties in their seven-game winning streak while the Sharks P.K. has been over worked in going 18-of-23 in the last six games.