Sharks vs. Golden Knights Prediction
The Las Vegas Golden Knights won Game 1 in blowout fashion on their home ice against the San Jose Sharks. Will the result be a decisive Las Vegas win again tonight as it hosts Game 2?
Saturday, April 28, 2018
T-Mobile Arena at 8PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Golden Knights are listed as a -165 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Sharks are a +145 underdog, while the total sits at 5.5 goals. As of Saturday morning, 66 percent of bets are being placed on host Las Vegas. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Golden Knights continue to amaze
The best first-year expansion team in the history of major pro North American sports stunned people yet again in Game 1 against the Sharks as Las Vegas cruised to a 7-0 victory. Seven different Golden Knights players scored a goal in the contest, showing the depth and balance of its roster. Leading the charge was Jonathan Marchessault as he tallied a goal and two assists. Erik Haula, James Neal and Alex Tuch each contributed a goal and an assist. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith both notched three assists, while David Perron added two assists. If the Las Vegas offense stays red-hot, it might be near unbeatable in this seven-game series.
Fleury once again in top form
Marc-Andre Fleury has been a revelation between the pipes this season for the Golden Knights and he turned in yet another spectacular effort in Game 1 by posting 33 saves in the shutout. It was Fleury's third shutout in five postseason games and he now has a 0.54 goals-against average plus a .982 save percentage in the playoffs. During the regular season, he went 29-13-4 with career-best marks in GAA (2.24) and save percentage (.927). Conversely, Sharks goalie Martin Jones struggled mightily before being pulled as he surrendered five goals on 13 shots. Backup Aaron Dell had 19 saves on 21 shots the rest of the way. Expect Jones to be back in goal tonight.
NHL Betting Trends
The Sharks are 9-2 in their last five games when their opponent scores five or more goals in their previous game. San Jose is 1-4 in the last five meetings.
The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last four games following a win. The home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
Am I crazy to think San Jose is going to bounce back strong with a win here? Jones is much better than he showed in Game 1, while the Sharks as a whole had been playing stellar hockey before that dud. I'm going to chalk it up as a one-off and say San Jose stuns the Golden Knights here to even the series at 1-1 heading to California.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: SAN JOSE SHARKS +145