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Vegas vs. San Jose Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#11 Vegas
Golden Knights -105
#12 San Jose
Sharks -115

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:10pm

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Game Stats

Vegas Golden Knights

46 - 42

46-42
ATS
41-43
O/U
3
PPG
2
OPPG

San Jose Sharks

49 - 39

49-39
ATS
50-35
O/U
3
PPG
3
OPPG

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With the series tied at 3-3, the Vegas Golden Knights (3rd in Pacific Division) are traveling to San Jose to see off the Sharks (2nd in Pacific) in a First Round decider…

Knights Stutter Again

After taking a 3-1 series lead in their First Round playoff matchup against the San Jose Sharks with three consecutive victories, the Vegas Golden Knights (3-3) are now facing Game 7 following two straight losses. The team followed up Thursday’s 5-2 beat-down in San Jose with a 2-1 overtime fiasco at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. Jonathan Marchessault (3 goals, 4 points this postseason) scored midway through the second period to tie the game at 1-1 before the Sharks buried the shorthanded winner in the second overtime.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 27 shots and has now gone 78-61 in his playoff career with a 2.58 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He is 3-3 for the current postseason with a 2.47 GAA and a .912 save percentage, and has recorded an 8-4-3 past tally against San Jose with a 2.12 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are scoring the 2nd highest amount of goals per game during the ongoing playoffs (3.50), while allowing the 5th highest quantity defensively (3.00). They are 3rd in power play (29.6%) and 5th in penalty kill (84.0%).

Sharks Force Game 7

The San Jose Sharks (3-3) escaped elimination from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight game after evening their First Round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 2-1 double overtime victory at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. Tomas Hertl (5 goals, 6 points this postseason) buried the shorthanded winner midway through the second extra session, with Logan Couture (4 goals, 6 points) finding the back of the net in the opening frame. It was the first time in NHL history that a multiple overtime contest was decided by a shorty.

Goalie Martin Jones made 58 saves, the most in San Jose history. He is 25-20 in past playoff appearances with a 2.19 GAA and a .924 save percentage, 3-2 during the current postseason with a 3.23 GAA and a .906 save percentage, and 3-2-0 against Vegas historically with a 3.44 GAA and a .897 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are netting the 5th highest number of goals per game during the ongoing playoffs (3.00), while giving up the 2nd highest amount in their defensive zone (3.50). They are 12th in power play (16.0%) and 14th in penalty kill (70.4%).

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Golden Knights are evenly matched in terms of odds for Game 7 against the Sharks. But don’t underestimate the home side in this case. San Jose has performed extremely well during the last two outings versus Vegas, turning a 3-1 series deficit into a Game 7 decider. The domestic team has already won five of the past seven meetings between the pair, with the Sharks triumphing in three of the previous four home fixtures against the Knights. To pick Vegas looks tempting, but do go with the hosts in this one!

Prediction: San Jose Sharks

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Two of the last three meetings between San Jose and Vegas have been decided in the realm of just five markers. With so much at stake in Game 7 of their First Round series, expect defensively sound game once again from both teams. Before entering the playoffs, the Golden Knights went under the total in six of their last nine overall matchups. And with both team goalies playing well lately, stick with just five snipes in this one.

Prediction: Under 6

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