In a game between two teams that have put themselves squarely in playoff contention, the San Jose Sharks and the first-year franchise Vegas Golden Knights collide at the SAP Center in a divisional showdown. NBC Sports California will air the game, and the action gets going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8.
Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Odds
Vegas (-105) is currently the underdog to Vegas (-115) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Vegas is 35-18 straight up (SU) and has netted 20.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 53 regular season matches, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Golden Knights team is 16-13 SU on the road.
Vegas has converted on 21.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Additionally, it has the fourth-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 83.4 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Knights have been sent to the penalty box just 3.3 times per game overall this season, 3.6 per game over its past five total, and 3.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .935 save percentage and 28.8 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (15-7-2) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, the team may go with Malcolm Subban (12-4-1), who has a .912 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average this year.
Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Golden Knights. Marchessault (52 points) is up to 19 goals and 33 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 15 different games. Perron has 13 goals and 34 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 33 games).
San Jose is 28-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its matches have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 14-10 SU at home this season.
The Sharks have converted on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Sharks players have been sent to the penalty box 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their past five games. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Martin Jones has stopped 25.4 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Sharks. Jones has 16 wins, 19 losses, and six OT losses and has recorded a 2.60 goals against average and a .913 save percentage this season.
The Sharks offense will be led by Brent Burns (nine goals, 35 assists).
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