Sharks to Force a Game Seven with a Home Win Against Knights

Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:06 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 5, 2018 8:06 PM UTC

Gerard Gallant’s counter punch delivered a devastating blow to the San Jose Sharks hopes. The Home Team has won five of the last seven meetings. 

Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks

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Free NHL Picks: Sharks -135Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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First career Stanley Cup Playoffs goal for Labanc


— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) May 5, 2018

The story heading into the series was would the Golden Knights depth players be able to provide enough offense to keep up with a Sharks team that can legitimately claim that their bottom six are an offensive threat. When effort came into question after game four it was time for some big changes. Gallant started by getting Luca Sbisa back into the line-up, pairing him with Colin Miller. In addition, Ryan Carpenter was added to the fourth line in place of Tomas Nosek, Oscar Lindberg was placed on the left side of the Cody Eakin line, and David Perron was moved from the right side on the third line to the left side on the second line.

Gallant’s decisions resulted in the team appearing more engaged in front of a crazed home crowd. Lindberg, who had just two assist all season, added a helper on the Eakin third period goal that gave the Knights an insurmountable 4-0 lead, a score that would eventually be the game winner.

Carpenter had an assist on the David Perron goal who seemed to play a more inspired brand of hockey with his “promotion” to the second line. Perron added two assist after a quiet game four but that was then and this is now. Now it’s time for Pete BeBoer to punch back after allowing the Knights free reign through the neutral zone, something that was a luxury for Vegas in game four.

According to the SBR odds page the San Jose Sharks opened as a -135 favorite to force a game seven Tuesday at T-Mobile. Wait until gametime to bet this one because the love affair with the Knights will continue at the window. I suspect that you’ll be able to find a better number closer to puck drop. The ‘sharp’ bettors have pushed this number to -140 in some spots but with over 80% of

the early ticket count on the side of the Knights, I suspect that this number will go the other way closer to Sunday night. Of course, if you like the Knights you should jump on it now.

Four of the five games have gone over the total but as usual there isn’t anything that resembles sense when these totals are set. The game six total opened at 5.5, shaded to the ‘under’ (-125). The public, once again, is taking advantage of the books mistake by taking advantage of the plus money ‘over’. You can still get +110 at 5 Dimes down from +113. The higher ticket count has now won 30 of 53 games in the postseason.

Take the Sharks to feed off of their home crowd by playing much better between the blue lines setting up an epic game seven.

Game six can be seen on the NBC Sports Network, CBC (Canada), TVAS (French) and Sportsnet.

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