Pacific Division on the line in Las Vegas

Dana Lane

Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:03 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 7:03 PM UTC

The Knights are 27-11 in their last 38 at T-Mobile Arena. Are they the smart money on tonight's late-night game?

San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights

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Free NHL Pick: Vegas -118Best Line Offered: at Heritage

You have to give the San Jose Sharks (44-24-10, 98pts, +27) credit. They made the Pacific Division interesting but with the Sharks loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, coupled with the Knights win last night against the St. Louis Blues, probably put the division out of reach. The Vegas Golden Knights (49-22-7, 105pts, +49) lead the Sharks by seven points with four to play. The Sharks arrived in Vegas early and have been sitting around for at least 24 hours in Las Vegas so let’s see if the Sharks catch the ‘Vegas Flu’.

Puck drops at the T-Mobile Arena at 10:30 ET/7:30 PT and be seen on AT&T Sportsnet and NBC Sports-California

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The Golden Knights dropped their last meeting, 2-1 in overtime, at the SAP Center which sent a message to Vegas that the Sharks are still the team to beat in the Western Conference, sorry Nashville. The Sharks dominated Vegas, outshooting the Knights 44-25. The Knights, one of the league best offensive teams, put very little pressure on Martin Jones while Malcolm Subban ended with 42 saves. The Sharks we balanced and put of a lot of pressure of the Knights blue line who were on their heels for most of the night.

According to the SBR odds page the Golden Knights opened as a healthy -145 favorite but as expected the public countered that by laying their money on the Sharks, driving that number down to -127 at Pinnacle and 5 Dimes. This is nothing more than a ‘must win’ wager to coincide with the game they played a little over a week ago, making this an attractive plus price to the public.

The total opened at 5.5, -120 (over) and is holding steady.

Interesting strategy if Gerard Gallant decides to play Malcolm Subban tonight against the Sharks instead of Marc-Andre Fleury but it makes sense. Dave Prior, the Knights goaltending coach, gives Gallant his two cents on who should start on a game by game basis and took some heat because many thought that Fleury should have been sitting against the Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks, a game Fleury got dinged up in. I suppose the plan is to give Fleury some rest down the stretch with Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary coming up.

The Knights played an overtime game against the Blues last night but I don’t think they’ll have any problem getting back up for this one. The relationship between the city and this team has been special. You can count on the Knights wanting to wrap up the division at home with their last three in Canada. Vegas has been phenomenal at T-Mobile Arena and will clinch the division tonight so let the party begin.

Starting Goaltenders:

San Jose Sharks Martin Jones (29-19-6, .917, 2.48)-Probable

Vegas Golden Knights Malcolm Subban (12-3-2, .915, 2.54)-Probable

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