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Two consecutive home defeats take the San Jose Sharks (2nd in Pacific Division) to the last outing of their three-game homestand, with the Vegas Golden Knights (3rd in Pacific) paying a visit while playing the second contest of a back-to-back stretch…
Knights Play With No Rest
Quite a busy period of two days is expected for the Vegas Golden Knights (39-27-5), who are set to host the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday), visit the San Jose Sharks just 24-and-a-half hours later. Coming into the newest schedule, the Knights had posted seven victories in their past eight matchups (7-1-0) after going with just one win in seven outings prior (1-5-1). They were sitting 3rd in the Pacific Division, having collected 83 points from 71 fixtures. Alex Tuch was leading the team with 48 points (18 snipes, 30 assists), while Max Pacioretty (38 points) had nabbed the most goals (22).
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 17, 2019
With goalie Marc Andre Fleury (35-19-5 on the year with a 2.46 GAA and a .914 save percentage) considered day-to-day with a lower-body issue, Malcolm Subban (4-7-0 prior to Sunday with a 3.13 GAA and a .902 save percentage) and Maxime Lagace (0-1-0 with a 4.03 GAA and a .871 save percentage) were set to split the double-header. Lagace was pulled in his only previous start versus San Jose after allowing four goals on 23 shots in a 5-4 overtime win for Vegas back in November 2017, while Subban has posted a 1-0-1 past record against the Sharks with a 1.46 GAA and a .957 save percentage.
Sharks Drop Second Straight
The current three-game homestand of the San Jose Sharks (43-21-8) went a horrid 0-2-0 after the team followed up Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to the Florida Panthers with another 4-2 loss, this time versus the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Saturday. Timo Meier (27 goals, 60 points this year) and Joe Thornton (15 goals, 43 points) both scored for the Sharks, who had won six consecutive outings prior to the skid. The team is 2nd in the Pacific Division with 94 points from 72 contests, trailing the 1st-placed Calgary Flames by a single point.
Stat of the Night: Joe Thornton extended his point streak against the Nashville Predators to eight games (4 goals, 7 assists). pic.twitter.com/X8ruLv6tA4
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 17, 2019
Goalie Martin Jones turned away 26 shots, taking his current performance total to 34-15-5 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.86 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He has recorded a 2-2-0 career total against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 3.02 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are netting the 3rd highest amount of goals per game (3.58), while giving up the 14th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.04). They are 6th in power play with a 24.1% success rate and 11th in penalty kill with 81.2% proficiency.
- Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
- Sharks are 12-4 in their last 16 home games.
- Golden Knights are 0-6 in their last 6 Monday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Sharks have lost their last two home games, but do expect the team to bounce back versus Vegas, which is playing with no rest and has lost goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to a lower-body injury, meaning – Malcolm Subban, who has underperformed heavily this season, could actually do a double-shift. The Golden Knights have already lost on six consecutive Mondays, while San Jose has triumphed in 12 of it past 16 domestic fixtures and is 6-2 in its previous eight games overall.
Prediction: San Jose Sharks
Full-Game Total Pick
Three of the last four contests between the two sides have all been decided with no more than six snipes netted. So, do bank on this one to stay under the total as well. Ten of the previous 14 outings of the Golden Knights, played on the last day of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario, have all witnessed a modest amount of scoring, while four of the last five overall games of the Sharks have all stayed below the seven-goal mark.
Prediction: Under 6.5