Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (22-21-5) vs Vegas Golden Knights (28-18-4)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +220 / Vegas Golden Knights +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights in Sunday NHL Action

The Vegas Golden Knights come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-18-4. Through 50 games, the Golden Knights are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 165 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vegas is the 19th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.96 goals per game. So far, the Golden Knights have a strength of schedule rating of 4th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the Vegas Golden Knights with an overall record of 22-21-5. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 48 games, the Sharks have scored 130 goals, giving them an average of 2.69. This output gives them a rank of 26th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 20th ranked unit, giving up 3.1 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the Vegas Golden Knights' leading goal scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. With his 15 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 35. On the season, he is turning 13.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Golden Knights have benefited from the strong play of Chandler Stephenson, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Vegas's 50 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 16.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 1.0. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.86 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has yet to turn in a quality start. 

Through 43 games, the San Jose Sharks's goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier, with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.6%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 18 assists to go along with his 22 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sharks are -3.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.9 goals per game. In his 28 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Vegas's 50 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 28-19-3. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing on the road, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 12-9-1. On the season, 62.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 19-29-0. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 11-13-0. On the season, 40.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Look for this to be a low-scoring game, finishing below the line of 5.5 goals.

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