The Vegas Golden Knights meet the San Jose Sharks for Game 1 of their four-game regular-season series, as Week 22 of the 2021-22 NHL season comes to an end with this Pacific Division showdown from the SAP Center in San Jose. These teams have not played each other since May, 2021, but Vegas has won the last nine meetings between these teams, so let’s see what’s the best Golden Knights vs. Sharks betting pick for Sunday evening.
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Golden Knights vs Sharks Betting Pick
This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome at 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 19, 2022.
Why Bet The Golden Knights:
✅ The Vegas Golden Knights have defeated the San Jose Sharks nine straight times and are 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings. That run dates back to November 2019, as the Sharks have had no answers for Vegas, going 1-7-2 in those 10 games.
✅ The San Jose Sharks are 2-4-4 in their last 10 games, losing five straight where they have gone 0-2-3. The Sharks have lost four one-goal games in that span.
✅ The Golden Knights are the far superior team when it comes to scoring, 12th overall (3.2) while San Jose is 23rd (2.7). However, Vegas has scored three goals in their last three games, including being shutout in two of those contests.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights (28-18-4) got two goals from Max Pacioretty, but the Golden Knights lost in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3. The two goals snapped a three-game scoreless drought. William Karlsson has five points over his last five games. He had just 13 points through his first 30 games but is starting to get his touch back.
Vegas is 19th in goals allowed per game (3.0), but Robin Lehner is out and Laurent Brossoit is struggling lately. The numbers for Brossoit are impressive (9-4-3, 2.70 GAA, .903 save percentage), but he gave up four goals in the loss to the Kings and has allowed four or more goals in three of his last five contests.
San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks (22-21-5) rallied from deficits twice in this contest, eventually forcing overtime, but Vancouver got a goal from J.T. Miller 2:39 into the extra session to down the Sharks. Timo Meier had a big evening, scoring two goals and adding an assist and now leads the team with 23 goals and 50 points. Alexander Barabanov had a goal and added two assists, and has 26 points in 40 games.
The penalty-killing unit has been impressive for this club, fourth overall at 84.6%. They have not been impressive on the power-play (79.0%, 18th overall). James Reimer has returned from injured reserve and has struggled over his last five starts, allowing 18 goals in his last five starts, including giving up five in two of his last five outings.