Sharks vs. Golden Knights Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 30, 2019

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The San Jose Sharks have two of the best defencemen in the business in Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. They open the season Wednesday in Las Vegas.

San Jose
29-36-4-1
AT
October 02, 2019, 10:30 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
39-24-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -150
Moneyline +164
Over / Under o +6.5

29%

Betting Action

71%

Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -197
Over / Under u +6.5

29%

Betting Action

71%

The puck drops on the 2019-20 NHL season Wednesday with four games, and the late one is a Pacific Division matchup as the San Jose Sharks visit the Vegas Golden Knights.

Sharks vs Golden Knights NHL Hockey Odds

These teams played twice this pre-season – San Jose didn’t look great in the exhibition slate – but those have no bearing on the regular season.

The clubs also played in the first round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs, and it was quite a memorable series. San Jose won the first game 5-2 at home but lost the next three each by at least two goals. Series over, right? Nope. The Sharks took Game 5 at home, 5-2. Game 6 in Vegas was terrific with San Jose prevailing 2-1 in double overtime on Tomas Hertl’s short-handed goal. He became the first player in NHL history to score a short-handed winner in a postseason game that required multiple overtimes.

Knights fans will never forget Game 7 back in northern California as their team blew a 3-0 third-period lead and lost 5-4 in overtime. A very ticky-tack five-minute major penalty call on Las Vegas resulted in San Jose scoring four goals on the ensuring power play. The NHL called Knights GM George McPhee afterward and apologized for the bad call.

San Jose and Vegas split four meetings last regular season. The home team is 4-1 in the past five meetings. The total has gone over in seven of the previous nine.

San Jose Sharks

San Jose’s big off-season move was re-signing former Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson to a massive eight-year deal worth $11.5 million (US) per season that makes Karlsson the highest-paid blueliner (for now) in the NHL. Karlsson, acquired from the Sens in September 2018, was limited to 54 games last year due to injuries and had a career-low three goals but his 563 points since the 2012-13 season are the most by far of any defenceman. No. 2 on that list? His teammate Brent Burns, who led the team with 83 points in 2018-19. San Jose did say goodbye to former captain Joe Pavelski, who signed in free agency with Dallas.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas also made a big re-signing this offseason in giving forward William Karlsson an eight-year contract. The team was tight up against the salary cap to had to send out defenceman Colin Miller and forward Erik Haula partially to make room to sign Karlsson. He had 56 points (24 G, 32 A) last year, a large step back from the Knights’ expansion season when Karlsson had 78 points (43 G, 35 A). Vegas again will roll with Marc-Andre Fleury most nights in net. He was 35-21-5 with a 2.51 GAA and eight shutouts (second in league) last year.

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