Sharks Extend Losing StreakThe current season-long losing skid of the San Jose Sharks (18-22-5) expanded to six matchups (0-5-1) after the team started its two-game road set against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-2 shootout loss at T-Mobile Arena on Monday. Patrick Marleau (4 goals, 8 points this year) appeared in his 1,768th NHL game to pass Gordie Howe on the all-time list while the Sharks were outshot 40-31, failed on two power-play chances and went just 3-for-5 on penalty kill. Nikolai Knyzhkov (2 goals, 8 points this year) and Noah Gregor (4 goals, 4 points) gave San Jose a 2-0 lead before the Knights tallied two snipes with the man-advantage, eventually scoring the only goal of the shootout.
Goalie Martin Jones made 38 saves on Monday to take his current performance record to 15-12-3 for the season with a 3.19 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He has registered a 3-5-1 past tally against the Golden Knights with a 3.63 GAA and a .889 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are netting the 6th lowest number of goals per game this year (2.56), while allowing the 5th highest quantity in their defensive zone (3.31). The team is 27th in power play with a 15.9% success rate and 14th in penalty kill with 80.0% effectiveness.
Knights Expand Winning RunThe Vegas Golden Knights (32-11-2) extended their current winning streak to a season-high seven outings after banking a 3-2 shootout victory against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena on Monday. After the visitors took a 2-0 lead with a snipe in each of the first two periods, Mark Stone (17 goals, 52 points this year) scored a power-play marker in each of the last two frames to tie it at 2-2 before Alex Tuch (16 goals, 28 points) buried the only strike of the skills competition, tallying in the first round. Stone extended his point streak to five fixtures (5 goals, 5 assists), bagging multiple points on each occasion. Vegas, meanwhile, is riding a three-game winning run on own ice.
keep scoring goals, keep receiving stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 pic.twitter.com/UMj0NUYesf— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 20, 2021
Goalie Robin Lehner (11-1-2 for the season with a 2.16 GAA and a .919 save percentage) stopped 29 shots on Monday, but is set to vacate the crease for Marc-Andre Fleury ahead of the following outing. Fleury has recorded a 20-10-0 total for the current campaign with a 2.09 GAA and a .925 save percentage and is 14-4-4 against the Sharks historically with a 1.89 GAA and a .940 save percentage. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are 5th in most goals scored per game this year (3.31), top of the league in least goals conceded on average (2.18), 22nd in power play (18.3%) and 2nd best in penalty kill (85.5%).
San Jose (according to Covers.com)
- Sharks are 0-7 in their last 7 overall meetings with Golden Knights.
- Sharks are 0-6 in their last 6 overall.
Vegas (according to Covers.com)
- Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Golden Knights are 39-16 in their last 55 home games.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Unexpected results do happen quite often in hockey. Still, it is almost impossible to envisage a win for the Sharks on their upcoming trip to Vegas. In fact, it is difficult to even foresee San Jose losing just by a single snipe, as the team has already been beaten by at least two goals in eight of its last 10 defeats. The Golden Knights, who are currently riding a seven-game winning streak against the Sharks, meanwhile, have won by at least two strikes in seven of their last nine victories, beating San Jose by more than just one marker in seven of their previous 11 triumphs over the Men of Teal.
Full-Game Total Pick
Not a lot of goals have been buried during this series, with eight of the past 10 overall meetings between the Golden Knights and the Sharks, and six of their previous seven encounters in Las Vegas all going below the set goal-mark. Five of the most recent six road contests of San Jose have also finished on the low-scoring side, averaging no more than 4.20 markers per fixture, while four of the previous five domestic outings of the Knights have all witnessed just a minimal amount of strikes, recording an average of just three tallies per clash.