Golden Knights Vs. Sharks Predictions | NHL Playoffs 2019 Game 1 Picks
Vegas Golden Knights Vs. San Jose Sharks
The Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks know each other well. Last season they battled in a six-game series in the second round of the NHL playoffs. It’s time for another thrilling series when they meet in game one on Wednesday Night. A year ago Vegas Cinderella story got the best of San Jose, and the Golden Knights reached the Western Conference final by beating the Sharks 4-2 in the second round. A lot has changed since then.
MyBookie.ag has listed San Jose +1400 to win the Stanley Cup. Only Nashville and Calgary have better odds in the Western Conference before the start of the playoffs. The oddsmakers at MyBookie.ag are giving a little over 6% implied probability of winning the cup. The Sharks seem to be healthy entering the NHL playoffs, and that’s a big deal. Star defenseman Erik Karlsson spent most of March dealing with an injury. He’s back in the lineup, but so does playmakers Evander Kane and Timo Meier.
San Jose offensive volume could be the difference maker in this series. The Sharks scored 289 goals this season, tied with the Calgary Flames as the best mark in the West and second only to the 325 from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Vegas Golden Knights are only in the franchise’s second season. The oddsmakers listed them +1400 to get back to the Stanley Cup final and deal with the unfinished business from last year.
Vegas scored 40 fewer goals than San Jose this season but also allowed 31 fewer goals. The Golden Knights have a different style, with a more defensive approach to their success. At one point in March, they were playing their best hockey of the season, winning 12 of 13 games, including a 7-3 baffling victory over the Sharks. Here’s the problem; after that winning streak, Vegas would finish the regular season with seven losses in their eight outings. This series is set to be one if not the best of the entire first round in the NHL playoffs. It also has all the makings to be a seven-game series.
But I can’t see San Jose losing the first game knowing how important it is to avoid starting in a hole. The -140 money line gives the Sharks a 59% of implied probability to win game one at home. At +120, Vegas has a 45% chance of stealing the first game. I have San Jose winning this one. The money line doesn’t need a lot of investment to collect the winning play with the team with home-ice. Unlike other series, home-ice could be the only factor deciding this series one way or the other? What’s the play? Sharks -140.
Puckline: Golden Knights +1.5 (-225) vs Sharks -1.5 (+185)
Money line: Vegas +120 vs. San Jose -140
Game total: 6
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Game time: 10:30 PM ET
Venue: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
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