San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/22/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (19-13-6) at San Jose Sharks (16-19-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 10:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +122 / Vegas Golden Knights -135 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks meet Sunday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 15 goals, William Karlsson has 20 assists and Reilly Smith has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 64 goals on 752 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 37 goals on 383 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 23 assists and Brent Burns has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 88.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 34 goals on 324 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 84 goals on 753 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Golden Knights are 26-7 in their last 33 Sunday games, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference, 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 12-5-1 in Golden Knights last 18 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 overall. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks won the last meeting against Vegas and has won four of the last six meetings overall. However, we've been fading the Sharks a great deal this season and that will continue with them on the end of a back to back and having a defense that can't keep the puck out of the net. The San Jose Sharks don't win on the end of back to backs and Vegas has been dominant as of late in the favorite role. The Vegas Golden Knights should get the job done on the road for the reasonable price.