Free NHL Consensus Playoffs Picks: Sharks vs Golden Knights (Game 2)
The Second Round of the NHL Playoffs has begun. Three of the four matchups have started, with the fourth one beginning on Saturday. Vegas and San Jose will also play on Saturday. Game 2 of the Golden Knights and Sharks series will be on NBC at 8:00 PM Eastern. Here is my best bet for the April 28 NHL playoffs game. Betting odds are found at BetOnline.
San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Predictions
The Sharks and Golden Knights were both able to escape the first round without losing a game. Vegas went 51-24-7 to win the Pacific Division. San Jose struggled late in the season and they dropped down to third place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks went 45-27-10 during the regular season.
San Jose swept the Ducks in four games, while outscoring them 16-4. The offense was firing on all cylinders, but it did not show up for Game 1 on Thursday. The Golden Knights were also able to pull off a sweep, but not in quite as dominant of a fashion. Vegas won each game by a single goal. They outscored the Kings 7-3.
The Sharks went 1-2-1 against the Golden Knights during the regular season. Vegas has able to win both games at home during the regular season, while going 1-1 in San Jose. None of these games matter anymore though, as it is do or die in the playoffs.
Game 1 of this series was held in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won 7-0. Vegas had seven different goal scorers, which shows the depth of the Golden Knights lineup. William Karlsson, Reilly Smith and Jon Marchessault led the team in points with three. Marc-Andre Fleury had his third shutout of the postseason. Fleury stopped 33 shots.
Fleury has been the reason for the Golden Knights success. He has a .982 save percentage and a 0.54 GAA. His play has been completely off the charts. Through five games, Fleury has allowed a total of three goals. Martin Jones was playing terrific hockey in the first round, but his performance in Game 1 was subpar. Jones has a save percentage of .938 and a GAA of 2.05. Jones will look to have a bounce back performance in Game 2.
Joe Thornton could be returning for Game 2 against the Golden Knights. Barclay Goodrow is questionable as well for the Sharks. Evander Kane is facing a one-game suspension for his cross-check to the head. Luca Sbisa and Clayton Stoner will be out for Vegas in Game 2.
Sharks (+156) at Golden Knights (-173) Pick and Odds
Vegas showed their dominance in Game 1, but I do not think the whole series will be like this. Both teams were able to sweep in the first round because they both have deep rosters. While San Jose struggled in Game 1, the leaders of the team should be able to pick the team back up to help compete in Game 2. When a team is blown out in a matchup, they tend to win their next game. I believe this could be the case for the Sharks.
The odds have San Jose listed at +156, which gives them implied odds of 39 percent. The Sharks are a much better team than those odds imply. The odds are this far apart because of the Golden Knights dominant win, but no team is as bad as they were in their last game. San Jose will learn from their mistakes and I believe they have a legitimate shot to steal a game in Vegas.