Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 04, 2021

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On Feb. 13 in San Jose, the Golden Knights were 3-1 winners over the Sharks in what was San Jose’s 2021 home opener after the team opened on a whopping 12-game road trip.

Vegas
40-14-0-2
AT
March 05, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
SAP Center at San Jose
San Jose
21-28-4-3
Puckline -1.5 +111
Moneyline -216
Over / Under o +6

87%

Betting Action

13%

Puckline +1.5 -134
Moneyline +180
Over / Under u +6

87%

Betting Action

13%

The lone late-night matchup on the six-game NHL schedule Friday (presuming no COVID postponements) features the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the San Jose Sharks with the Knights opening as -200 favourites to win on the NHL odds and a total of 6 goals.

Golden Knights vs. Sharks Betting Analysis

Both these teams have had a handful of games postponed by COVID issues, including a few against each other. Thus, Friday will be only their second matchup so far, this season. It is also the front of a back-to-back between these teams so keep in mind that backup goaltenders could be in play.

On Feb. 13 in San Jose, the Golden Knights were 3-1 winners over the Sharks in what was San Jose’s 2021 home opener after the team opened on a whopping 12-game road trip. San Jose was given the unbalanced schedule because of local restrictions on COVID and the team held training camp in Arizona. All three Vegas goals – from Jonathan Marchessault, former Ottawa Senators winger Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson – were on the power play. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in the win and Martin Jones made 23 saves.

Vegas is coached by former Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer, fired by San Jose in December 2019. The favourite is 5-1 in the past six meetings and the under is 5-1 in those games.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas, currently the third favourite at +651 to win its first Stanley Cup, enters on a four-game winning streak as they battle St. Louis for the West Division lead. Marc-Andre Fleury is having Vezina-type start to the season at 11-3-0 with a 1.71 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. He is having to play nearly every game with Robin Lehner injured; Lehner was considered the 1A in net entering the season. If Lehner isn’t ready this weekend, it will be interesting to see what the Knights, as they need to play in San Jose again on Saturday, and the team doesn’t want to overwork Fleury.

The Knights may have to turn to Oscar Dansk for one of the games. He has just five career NHL appearances and none this year. Mark Stone leads Vegas with 24 points and is plus-12. The Knights are 4-1 in their past five road games.

San Jose Sharks

San Jose is in the midst of a mega-long homestand, although two games of the games were postponed. The Sharks have yet to win back-to-back games this season and they are coming off a 4-0 loss to Colorado on Wednesday. Winger Tomas Hertl hasn’t played since Feb. 22 due to COVID protocols and he won’t be ready this weekend. He has six goals and five assists in 10 games.

Martin Jones (7-6-1, 3.72 GAA) has been the primary goaltender this season with Devan Dubnyk (1-4-1, 3.46) as the No. 2. It could be Dubnyk on Friday because of the back-to-back and the fact Jones has started the past two games. The Sharks are 1-8-0 when trailing after two periods. San Jose is 2-7 in its past nine at home.

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