Sharks vs. Golden Knights Prediction
The Las Vegas Golden Knights evened their Western Conference quarterfinals series at a game apiece two nights ago on the road at the San Jose Sharks. Can Las Vegas return home and stay hot tonight in Game 3?
Sunday, April 14, 2019
T-Mobile Arena at 10:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Golden Knights are a -150 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Sharks are a +130 underdog, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. As of Sunday morning, 51 percent of public bets are siding with viisting San Jose. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Sharks unable to keep up in Game 2
San Jose lost Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at home to Las Vegas by a count of 5-3 Friday night. The Sharks allowed three goals in the first 6:11 of the contest before rallying back. Logan Couture made it 3-1 with 3:01 remaining in the first period off assists by Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson. Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the playoffs on the power play 39 seconds later on assists by Karlsson and Couture. Joe Thornton evened the score at 3-3 with 52 seconds left in the first on assists by Brenden Dillon and Evander Kane. The Golden Knights proceeded to score once each in the second and third periods to put it away. Martin Jones surrendered three goals on seven shots before getting yanked, while Aaron Dell had 14 saves on 16 shots the rest of the way.
Golden Knights even up series
Las Vegas lost its 3-0 advantage Friday night, but rebounded to claim a 5-3 win at San Jose to send the series back home even at a game apiece. Cody Eakin opened the scoring 58 seconds in off a Max Pacioretty pass to make it 1-0. Colin Miller added an unassisted shorthanded goal less than four minutes later. Pacioretty pushed the advantage to 3-0 at the 13:49 mark on an assist by Paul Stastny. The Sharks proceeded to score three times the rest of the first period to make it a 3-3 game. Just 1:31 into the second period, Mark Stone broke the tie on the power play with his third goal of the postseason. Assists went to Stastny and Alex Tuch. William Karlsson added an insurance shorthanded goal with 12:25 remaining in the third period off assists from Reilly Smith and Nate Schmidt. Marc-Andre Fleury registered 34 saves on 37 shots in the winning effort.
NHL Betting Trends
The Sharks are 4-0 in their last four games as a road underdog. San Jose is 6-2 in its last eight Sunday games.
The Golden Knights are 21-4 in their last 25 Sunday games. Las Vegas is 7-3 in its last 10 games as a home favorite.
Las Vegas has been fantastic at home since entering the league and this line seems about accurate, but let's not dismiss the fact the Sharks' offense can carry them in any game. Expect Jones to bounce back with a better effort here while he gets plenty of support around him in a Sharks win. San Jose has played well lately as a road dog and I'm looking for the same tonight.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: SAN JOSE SHARKS +130