Knights-Sharks Series to Finally Hit 'Under' In Game 3 Monday

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Dana Lane

Sunday, April 29, 2018 4:02 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 4:02 PM UTC

The "under" is 9-3-1 in Vegas' last 13 road games and 13-6-1 when the team plays on one day of rest. That will be the scenario when the West semifinal series shifts to San Jose. 

NHL Monday: Golden Knights vs. SharksFree NHL Pick: 'Under' 5.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Apparently that was goaltender's interference -- I suppose, by the letter of the law it was -- and it was enough to breathe new life into a Sharks team that was floundering on the shore of a 2-0 series deficit. Instead, the Western Conference semifinal series is tied at 1, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday in San Jose (10 p.m. ET; NBC Sports Network).

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Logan Couture scored a double-overtime power-play goal to give the Sharks a 4-3 road win Saturday, possibly saving the series against the Golden Knights. They left the “asylum,” better than the current “fortress’” nickname, thankful that the NHL decided to finally call a rule by the letter of the law when Jonathan Marchessault’s goal at the 16:58 mark of the first overtime was disallowed after it was determined that Sharks goalie Martin Jones was interfered with. I’m all for getting the call right but I immediately thought back to when James Neal tomahawked Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck in the face mask before the puck found its way into the net, a play that somehow wasn’t interference.

Don’t get me wrong, it was technically the right call, but in a postseason where referees think it’s cool to sling skate blades, not to mention the boarding and crosschecks they seem to never see, it boggles the mind how they seemed so concerned about getting this right. You could argue that San Jose's Evander Kane was suspended because they failed to make a call on the Sharks' Brenden Dillon, who has been allowed to act in any manner he sees fit in this series. Watch Dillon and Vegas' David Perron as the series moves forward; this will get nasty because the officials won’t do their job.

The number on the NHL odds board for Game 3 opened around what was expected. San Jose is a small -126 home favorite which seems to be a solid number. There has been very little movement thus far but that could change as we’re starting to see some -130s pop up. There are some spots that are still offering around the opening number so make sure to shop as always.

Our wager in our NHL picks will be on the "total," with the number opening at a surprising 5.5, -135 (under). Considering that we just witnessed two games that each hit the seven mark, it seems like a stretch to put such an emphasis on the "under," but the sportsbooks are right. Jones is settling in and Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been exceptional. If you take away two early chances, the Sharks have patched up themselves defensively, especially in the slot areas off the rush. Game 3 will be a culmination of both teams ramping up their defensive effort. I think you’ll see fewer penalties, which will lead to less 4-on-4 play because the Sharks know they’re the better team 5-on-5. They did a much better job of pushing the Vegas forwards to the perimeter in Game 2 than they did in the series opener.

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