Knights vs. Sharks NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Low-Scoring Trend Will Continue in San Jose (Sunday, Feb. 20)
Zak Krill/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Laurent Brossoit.
- San Jose welcomes the Knights to town for a Pacific Division meeting on Sunday night.
- The Sharks are +145 underdogs and enter having lost five in a row.
- Tony Sartori breaks down the game and gives his top pick, below.
Knights vs. Sharks Odds
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We got a Pacific Division tilt tonight as the second-place Vegas Golden Knights travel to San Jose to take on the seventh-place Sharks. It will be the first meeting between these teams this season.
The Golden Knights are riding a three-game losing streak while the San Jose Sharks are riding a five-game losing streak, something has to give tonight.
Knights Have Trended Towards Lower-Scoring Games
The Vegas Golden Knights begin a two-night road trip tonight amidst a three-game losing streak. Vegas is coming off of a tough 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night and is looking to bounce back against the Sharks.
While a lot of people see the roster as having dynamic offensive players like Max Pacioretty and Jack Eichel, this team has tended to play lower-scoring games recently. This trend is especially true on the road, as five of its last six away games have seen six or fewer total goals scored.
Part of the reason for these lower-scoring games is the good job Laurent Brossoit has done at stepping into the starting goaltender role while Robin Lehner remains out with an upper-body injury. Brossoit has been a very good backup this season despite a relatively average save percentage.
Among starting goaltenders, Brossoit would rank second in the league in 5-on-5 goals saved above expected per 60 minutes (GSAx). We also have seen that Brossoit is capable of doing well in road starts as in his last road game he shut out the Edmonton Oilers.
Sharks Hope To End Five-Game Skid
The San Jose Sharks have also seen some better days as they enter this matchup on a five-game losing streak. San Jose will look to finally break the streak, coming off of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Similar to Vegas, the Sharks have seen lower-scoring games recently. The total goals scored have been six or fewer in 10 of San Jose’s last 14 games.
James Reimer is projected to get the start for the Sharks, and he has been a very solid starting goaltender this season. Reimer enters the contest with a 0.913 SV% and has allowed three or fewer goals in four of his last six starts.
Another reason to be optimistic for a low-scoring game is the subpar Sharks offense. While Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, and Logan Couture have produced well this year, the rest of the forward group has been quiet. San Jose ranks 20th in the league in 5-on-5 expected goals for per 60 minutes (xGF).
Knights vs. Sharks Pick
I think we get two solid performances from each of these goaltenders here as both teams are trying to break their losing streaks. This is a matchup that has seen low-scoring games over the past few years as well.
Over their last 10 meetings, these two teams have combined for six or fewer goals in seven of them. I like this trend to continue tonight.
Pick: Golden Knights/Sharks Under 6 (-125) | I would only play at this number or better
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