Mark Stone finally showed Golden Knights fans why he was such a prized trade deadline acquisition – and if the San Jose Sharks can’t figure out how to slow him down Tuesday night, they could be returning to California on the brink of elimination.
Mark Stone scored three goals and added two assists in Vegas’ 6-3 triumph in Game 3, giving the defending Stanley Cup finalists a leg up in their postseason rematch with the shell-shocked Sharks. Can the Sharks bounce back and get themselves back into this series?
Sharks vs Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
The Golden Knights have seen plenty of San Jose in their first two years of existence, and have welcomed them to T-Mobile Arena with open arms, winning six of eight home games in the head-to-head series. And that’s not altogether surprising when you consider that Vegas has prevailed in 26 of its past 34 home games vs. teams with winning road records. The Sharks come into this one having lost 11 of their past 15 games overall.
Goals have been plentiful between these teams, with the over cashing in each of the previous five meetings. They’ve averaged better than eight combined goals over that span, and are at a robust 6.9-goals-per-game average over the course of their 21 all-time meetings (preseason included). San Jose enters Tuesday having gone 13-3-1 O/U in its last 17 as a road underdog, while Vegas is 7-2 to the over in its past nine as a playoff favourite.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks couldn’t have been less effective at starting a period than they were in Game 3, becoming the first team in NHL history to surrender a goal in the opening minute of all three periods in a playoff game. And it gets worse: in addition to defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic expected to miss a second straight game due to injury, forward Joe Thornton will sit out after earning a one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head in Sunday’s game.
Vegas Golden Knights
Stone didn’t have the greatest regular-season audition with the Golden Knights, scoring just five goals in 18 games after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators. But Stone has already surpassed that tally in just three games against the Sharks, leading all NHL skaters with six goals while sitting tied with linemate Paul Stastny atop the point chart with eight. The third member of the line, Max Pacioretty, has added six points.