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Sharks hoping strong performances at home will continue vs Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to bounce back in San Jose when they face the Sharks tonight. The Knights were overcome by the Penguins 5-4 on Tuesday and have dropped two of their last three road games. On the flip side, the Sharks will be looking forward to returning to the SAP Center as they’re 8-3 SU in their last 11 home games.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in the Golden Knights’ last five games with a closing total of 5.5 or less.
  • The Golden Knights are 14-1 ATS in their last 15 games on the road.
  • The Sharks are 6-0 SU in their last six games at home after consecutive road games.

Vegas hasn’t had any issue scoring goals recently. The Knights are averaging 3.9 goals per game over their last 10, which ranks second in the NHL in that span. But Vegas has started to regress a bit (by its standards) and is 6-4 SU in the last 10 games.

The Knights also have dropped to 19th in the NHL in goals allowed per game on the road (3.1), which leads to the probability that they will need to outscore their competition to secure a victory. Traveling from Pittsburgh to San Jose may also leave the Knights with some jet lag and tired legs, which means bettors should exercise caution before backing Vegas in this tilt.

Although San Jose has had its struggles recently, the good news for Sharks backers is they have yet to lose three straight games at home this season and are 7-0 SU in their last seven games vs divisional opponents. San Jose is being led by Brent Burns, who is regaining his Norris Trophy form and leads all defensemen with 19 points since January 1.

The total opened at 5.5 and an OVER might be the best course of action for bettors in this one. Vegas is the second-highest scoring team in the league and the OVER has hit in six of their last seven games on the road. The OVER also hit in the last game these two teams played at the end of November.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Vegas Golden Knights in this one, the were listed earlier today as underdogs of +100 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those OVER/UNDER total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.8-2.6 win for the Golden Knights. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The San Jose Sharks are 28-17-8 so far on the season. The Vegas Golden Knights, meanwhile, are 35-14-4. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen San Jose go 19-33-1 and Vegas go 30-21-2 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Jose vs Vegas injuries news.

The Sharks sit at No. 9 in the current NHL power poll here at OddsShark, while the Golden Knights sit at a No. 2 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the San Jose Sharks' No. 16-ranked offense (2.89 goals per game) against a Vegas Golden Knights defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.74 goals per game allowed. The Sharks power play has clicked at a 23.6% rate while the Golden Knights have a 82.8% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Golden Knights were a 5-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -131 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

San Jose lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Avalanche on February 6. Bettors who backed the Avalanche at +101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Vegas is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Vegas is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vegas's last 5 games
  • Vegas is 14-1 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • San Jose is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games
  • San Jose is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • San Jose is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Vegas home to Philadelphia, Sunday, February 11
San Jose home to Edmonton, Saturday, February 10

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