Sharks vs. Golden Knights Prediction
The San Jose Sharks avoided elimination two nights ago at home and will attempt to do the same on the road tonight in Game 6 at the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Can San Jose force a decisive Game 7 despite being big underdogs?
Sunday, April 21, 2019
T-Mobile Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Golden Knights are a -175 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Sharks are a +155 underdog, while the total sits at 6 goals. As of Sunday morning, 66 percent of public bets are being placed on host Las Vegas. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Sharks keep season alive
San Jose avoided elimination Thursday night with a 5-2 home victory in Game 5 versus Las Vegas to draw within 3-2 in the Western Conference quarterfinals series. Tomas Hertl got the Sharks off to a strong start with a goal 1:16 in assisted by Erik Karlsson and Gustav Nyquist. Logan Couture made it 2-0 with nine minutes remaining in the first period with assists going to Timo Meier and Karlsson. The Golden Knights trimmed it to 2-1 later in the first period, but San Jose pushed it to 3-1 at the 7:38 mark of the second period via a Barclay Goodrow goal off assists from Justin Braun and Joakim Ryan. Las Vegas made it a 3-2 game with 8:24 remaining in the third period, but a Hertl power play goal with 5:15 left extended the advantage back to two goals. Assists on the Hertl goal went to Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton. Pavelski put it away with 1:46 left on a goal assisted by Evander Kane. Martin Jones secured the victory in net with 30 saves on 32 shots.
Golden Knights struggle in Game 5
Las Vegas fell by a 5-2 score Thursday night at San Jose in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. After giving up a pair of first-period goals, the Golden Knights got on the board with 30 seconds remaining in the first on a Reilly Smith power play goal off assists from Colin Miller and William Karlsson. The Sharks scored the lone goal of the second period, but Las Vegas trimmed it back to 3-2 with 8:24 to go in the third period on a Jonathan Marchessault power play goal on assists from Miller and Karlsson. San Jose put it away with two goals in the final 5:15 of action. Marc-Andre Fleury surrendered four goals on 28 shots in the defeat.
NHL Betting Trends
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog. San Jose is 1-4 in its last five games in Las Vegas.
The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings. The Golden Knights are 9-3 in their last 12 home games.
Las Vegas has been stellar on its home ice and I trust Fleury a lot more than Jones, especially when the latter is on the road. I don't expect the Sharks to score five goals again, but the Golden Knights very well could if they get to Jones early and he loses his confidence quickly. It's fun and often profitable to pick underdog spots, but I don't think this is it. Go with the favorites tonight.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS -175