NHL Preview and Free Pick: Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks
The Vegas Golden Knights traveled to San Jose for game one of their first-round playoff series with the
Sharks, and they skated off the ice on the wrong side of a 5-2 decision. The rematch is tonight, the last of
four-games to get underway for this evening’s four-game NHL slate.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. April 12, 10:30 PM EST, NBCSN
Money Line: Vegas Golden Knights +115, San Jose Sharks -135
Golden Knights vs. Sharks Preview
Wednesday couldn’t have started off much worse for the Golden Knights, as they found themselves
down 3-0 in the 2nd period. Mark Stone did his part to shift the momentum with two goals, but the
Sharks would add on two more of their own to seal the deal. Vegas took down the #7 spot in the
Western Conference this season with 93 points.
Joe Pavelski got the scoring started for the Sharks in game one with a 1st period power play goal.
Brent Burns would add on a goal and an assist, while Erik Karlsson chipped in with two helpers as
San Jose cruised to victory. Martin Jones stopped 24 shots to get the win. The Sharks closed out the
year as the second-best team in the west with 101 points, six behind the Calgary Flames.
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas struggled down the stretch of the regular season, and that carried over into the game one loss
as the team came out pretty flat. They showed some signs of life once the Sharks got up 3-0, but it
was too little, too late. Over the last 10 games, the Golden Knights are 3-5-2 (4-6 O/U). The team
was just average on the road this year at 19-20-2.
Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the nod in goal again. He gave up four goals on 32 shots in the
loss to the Sharks. For the year, Fleury was 35-21-5. He has wins in two of his last five with 15 goals
allowed. Jonathan Marchessault topped the team this year with 25 goals and 34 assists.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose closed out the regular season with two straight wins, and they had little trouble keeping the
momentum going after a few days off. The Sharks were clicking on all cylinders in Wednesday’s
win. Over the last 10 games, the team is 3-6-1 (6-3-1 O/U). The club defended the home ice well this
season with a record of 25-11-5.
Martin Jones is the likely starter tonight. He stopped 24 of 26 in getting the game one victory. For the
year, Jones was 36-19-5. He has wins in three of his last five with 15 goals allowed. Brent Burns
received first star honors on Wednesday, while Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski also shined.
Golden Knights vs. Sharks Prediction
The general expectation surrounding the Golden Knights has been that they would be able to hit the
proverbial switch once the playoffs gort underway. That didn’t happen Wednesday, but it better
happen soon or this could be a short series. We’ll take the visitors to come to life and get the win.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Pick: Vegas Golden Knights +115
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