The Knights rediscovered their offensive form – and it has thrust them right back into their best-of-seven series with the Sharks as the teams gear up for Game 3 Sunday night in Sin City.
The Golden Knights put up their highest goal total since March 21, earning a 5-3 victory to return home even at a win apiece. San Jose hasn’t struggled to score, but will need to figure out what went wrong on the defensive end Friday night.
Sharks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Betting Analysis
Strong away opponents haven’t given the Golden Knights much trouble this season: they’re a red-hot 26-8 SU in their past 24 home games against teams above .500 on the road. And while you can file this under “frivolity” rather than betting advice, Vegas has won 21 of its previous 25 games played on a Sunday. Of more importance to bettors is the fact that San Jose has won just two of its seven visits to T-Mobile Arena all-time.
Over bettors might be out in full force with the teams having averaged a whopping 7.2 total goals in their previous six meetings. And there are plenty of trends to support that play in Game 3: The Sharks are an unbelievable 13-3-2 to the over in their last 18 games as an underdog, while Vegas has converted the over in eight of 10 games vs. Pacific Division opponents. The teams are also 4-1 to the over in their last five games played in Nevada.
San Jose Sharks
Friday was not a good night for Sharks netminders Martin Jones and Aaron Dell, who were torched for five goals on just 23 shots in defeat. And past history suggests the goaltending situation won’t get much better soon; San Jose surrendered the eighth-most goals per game on the road during the regular season (3.44) despite allowing the third-fewest shots on goal (29.3). Their .883 away save percentage ranked better than only Florida and Ottawa.
Vegas Golden Knights
While the Sharks look to get their road game figured out, the Golden Knights are elated to return home, where they were one of the more dominant teams in the league. Vegas ended the regular season with a +0.78 goals-per-game differential on home ice – only four teams were better – while their +6.9 shots-per-game margin trailed only the Montreal Canadiens league-wide. Six of Marc-Andre Fleury’s eight shutouts this season came at T-Mobile Arena.