Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/22/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-135) Sharks (+122)
Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (16-18-2, 6th in the Pacific Division) host the Vegas Golden Knights (19-13-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at SAP Center on Sunday, December 22, 2019. The Golden Knights open this game at -135 while the Sharks are priced at +122. The O/U is set at 6. The Golden Knights are covering 45.7% of the time, having gone 16-19 SU. The Sharks are covering 41.2% of the time, going 14-20 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 19 victories and 13 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 113 goals which puts them at 4th in the Western Conference and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, putting them at 16th in the NHL. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 44 pts, which puts them at 9th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,291 which puts them at 1st in the Western Conference and 1st in the NHL. As a group, Vegas has racked up a total of 975 hits which means they are averaging 25.7 per contest. They have compiled a total of 425 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has totaled 1,458 mins defending the goal for the year. Fleury is allowing an average of 2.63 goals against average which has him placed 9th among Western Conference goalies and 21st among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 64 goals. He holds a save percentage of .915 which has him placed 11th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 4 defeat against the Vancouver Canucks their last time out. The Golden Knights had a good offensive outing in this loss. In this game, they scored on 4 of the 43 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to net one. Vegas earned 14 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 65 and the Corsi against was 38 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 63.1%. Their Fenwick was 48 and the Fenwick against was 36, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 57.1%. They took 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 33 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 77.0% and they had a PDO of 96.0 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Vancouver Canucks earned 34 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they tallied 5 power play attempts.
The Sharks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 16 wins and 18 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are sitting 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the league with -28. They have a total of 96 goals for the year which ranks 12th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a save percentage as a team of .886 which is good for 30th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which puts them at 8th in the conference. In goal for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a tough year by surrendering 3.30 goals per game and that places him 31st in the West and 58th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,528 minutes he has played this year, he has allowed 84 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .888, which has him ranking 32nd in the West and 62nd in the NHL among goalies.
The San Jose Sharks faced the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Sharks took the defeat by a final score of 3 - 2. In this outing, San Jose wound up with a 57.1% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 44 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 33. They had a Fenwick percentage of 60.0% by notching a Fenwick of 33 and the Coyotes having a 22 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game San Jose played and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO at even strength of 84.9 and their percentage of oZS was 70.8%. The Sharks notched 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this game but didn't score a goal. As for the opposition, the Coyotes had 3 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. San Jose gave way to 19 shots on goal and the Coyotes had 8 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take San Jose (+122) and under the total goals
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