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Golden Knights Have Their Eyes on Evening Up Series With Sharks Tonight

Max Pacioretty #67 of the Vegas Golden Knights with control of the puck skates away from Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 10, 2019 in San Jose, California. The Sharks won the game 5-2.

When the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights began their first-round series, sportsbooks tabbed the potential outcome as a pick’em. With the Sharks picking up a huge 5-2 triumph in Game 1, San Jose is the clear front-runner to advance to the next round right now. Game 2 is set for tonight and sportsbooks opened the Golden Knights as +115 road underdogs with a total of 6.5.

Golden Knights vs Sharks Game Center

Standout Stats

  • Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who had two shutouts en route to dispatching the Sharks in last year’s second-round series, allowed four goals on 32 shots while seeing five San Jose players register multi-point performances in the opener.
  • San Jose is 13-7 all-time when taking a 1-0 lead in a playoff series. Keep in mind, however, that the Golden Knights rebounded from their lone Game 1 loss to Winnipeg in last year’s Western Conference final.
  • Sharks netminder Martin Jones didn’t have a great regular season but looked solid in Game 1, turning aside 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the winning effort.
  • Vegas’ series-opening loss continued a concerning trend for puck bettors. In the Golden Knights’ previous 14 contests when labeled as road underdogs, they’re 2-12 SU and 4-10 on the puckline.
  • The Sharks have been OVER machines at home. After Game 1 went OVER by a goal, San Jose has gone OVER in each of its past five home tilts with an average combined score of 7.6 goals.

My best bet for Golden Knights-Sharks

Golden Knights moneyline

While their Game 1 effort was less than inspiring, I’m on Vegas to bounce back and even up the series tonight for a few reasons. Fleury is a world-class goaltender who rarely has back-to-back ugly games, and I expect him to shut the door vs the Sharks tonight. Despite being in only its second season of existence, Vegas has proven to be a battle-tested unit and I don’t think they’re going to go back to Sin City down 2-0.