National Hockey League action on Monday evening and we will see a pair of West Division teams square off as the San Jose Sharks grapple with the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Sharks enter this game at 18-26 on the year while the Golden Knights come in at 31-13.
The Sharks Have Lost Five In A RowThe San Jose Sharks had been playing well as they recently won five if six games to get back in the race for a playoff spot in the West. The Sharks are still in the race, but they have to turn things around as San Jose comes in, having lost their last five games in a row. Despite that, they are just five points out of fourth place in the division. The Sharks have had th0eir issues on offense this year and even more so of late as they have scored a total of 7 goals in their last five games after putting up 3.17 gpg in their previous six games. It will not be easier for the Sharks in this one as the Knights are tops in the league in goals allowed per game.
Right place, right time. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/iIZY5mKTb4— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 18, 2021
In their latest game, the Sharks fell to Minnesota on the road by a score of 5-2. Scoring in the loss was Brent Burns, which was his 6th of the year, and Joel Kellman, which was his first of the year. Absorbing the loss was Martin Jones, who allowed five goals on 24 shot attempts before being relieved by Josef Korenar, who stopped all four shots he faced. Jones is now 15-14 with a 3.25 GAA on the year, including 8-7 with a 3.49 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 85-82 with a 2.72 GAA on the road and 3-5 with a 3.86 GAA against the Golden Knights.
Team Stats & Rankings: The Sharks this contest ranked 25th in scoring at 2.57 gpg, 11th in shots per game at 30.1, and 27th in power-play conversions at 16.1%. At the defensive end of the ice, they are ranked 28th in goals allowed at 3.34, 25th in shots per game allowed at 31.3, and 12th in penalty kill at 80.7%.
Knights Continue To Pile On The WinsThe Vegas Golden Knights are again having a strong season. They enter this game with 31 wins and 64 points which ties them for the Avalanche for the most points in the league. Vegas has been on a roll of late as they come in having won their last six games in a row. They have outscored their foes 27-10 over that stretch. The Golden Knights are just pounding their opponents of late, and they need to keep winning as the Avalanche have been doing the same thing of late. Before the six-game winning streak, the Golden Knights were struggling as they lost six of their previous ten games. The offense struggled over that stretch as they averaged just 2.6 gpg in the ten games.
💻DeBoer: We're trying to hunt down Colorado and stay in the mix and make sure we're relevant in that race, so we needed to win all these games in order to do that. pic.twitter.com/UWFnh0Bsbe— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 19, 2021
Yesterday, Vegas took down Anaheim on the road by a score of 5-2. Scoring in the win was Max Pacioretty (22nd), Alex Pietrangelo (4th), Nicolas Roy (5th), Mark Stone (15th), and Alex Tuch (16th). Snatching up the win was Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced to move to 20-10 with a 2.09 GAA on the year. Robin Lehner should be in the crease for this one, and he has gone 10-3 with a 2.13 GAA on the year, including 6-2 with a 2.33 GAA here at home. He has gone 61-84 with a 2.65 GAA in his home games and 5-3 with a 1.91 GAA against the Ducks in his career.
Team Stats & Rankings: The Golden Knights this contest ranked 5th in scoring at 3.30 gpg, 4th in shots per game at 32.4, and 24th in power-play conversions at 17.1%. At the defensive end of the ice, they are ranked 1st in goals allowed at 2.19, 3rd in shots per game allowed at 27.2, and 3rd in penalty kill at 84.7%.
San Jose is:
- 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Vegas
- 5-21 in their last 26 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
- 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Vegas is:
- 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest
- 38-16 in their last 54 home games
- The Favorite is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Golden Knights are playing this game on no rest, but that should not phase them at all. Vegas is a strong home team, and they have won their last six games in a row overall. The Golden Knights have outscored their foes 27-10 over that stretch, so they have been pounding teams of late. The Sharks come in headed in the opposite direction, and they have lost their last five games in a row. San Jose has been outscored 20-7 over that stretch. The Sharks have also lost their last six games to the Golden Knights. Their offense is in deep trouble as it has notched just seven goals in their last five games, and the Golden Knights have allowed just 2.18 gpg at home. San Jose will not find enough offense to keep this one close. Look for Vegas to win this one easily.
Full-Game Total Pick
The question in this game is will the Sharks score enough for the game to go Over the total. San Jose is 25th in the league in scoring and they have scored a total of seven goals in their last five games. It will not get any easy for them as the Golden Knights have allowed a total of 10 goals in their last six games and they have given up just 2.18 gpg at home for the year. We also note that Robin Lehner has a 1.91 GAA against the Sharks in his career. The Golden Knights will get their fair share of goals but they will not go crazy, especially playing on no rest. Lastly, the Under is 19-8-1 in Vegas's last 28 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation and 5-1 in the last six games between these teams here in Vegas. Golden Knights win 4-1.