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Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks Prediction & Preview

Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks 2019-01-11 NHL,

#19 San Jose
Sharks 6
#20 Vegas
Golden Knights -125
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 10:05pm
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San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
When and Where: Thursday, Jan. 10, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev., 10 p.m. EST.
A pair of red-hot teams who are part of a three-way fight atop the Pacific Division collide in Vegas on Thursday night when the defending Western Conference champion Golden Knights look for a franchise record-tying eighth straight win as they face the San Jose Sharks

Karlsson’s point streak continues as Sharks roll on

San Jose (25-13-7) has won four straight and improved to 13-3-2 in its last 18 games after hammering Edmonton 7-2 on Tuesday night. Evander KaneMarcus Sorenson and Joonas Donskoi all scored first-period goals for the Sharks, who have piled up 36 goals in winning six of their last seven.
Erik Karlsson had three assists as he became just the fifth defenseman in NHL history to record an assist in 14 straight games. Karlsson, whose point streak covers San Jose’s last 16 games as he served a two-game league-imposed suspension for a hit to the head, has one goal and 24 assists during his run.
The two-time Norris Trophy winner has six multipoint games in his last seven starts, scoring that lone goal with 16 assists while registering a plus-9 player rating. Karlsson has recorded an assist on the power play in five straight games while San Jose has gone 7 for 16 in that stretch.
“To be honest, he’s not really shocking many of us,” Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon told The Associated Press. “We’re lucky enough to see him every day at the practice rink. Just a special, special player.”
Donskoi has scored seven of his goals in the last six games and is one shy of matching his career high of 14 set in 66 games last season. Joe Pavelski has a team-best 25 but just two in his last seven contests.
The Sharks are expected to turn to Martin Jones in net after Aaron Dell made 20 saves versus Edmonton. Jones, seeking to become the third goaltender with 20 wins this season, has a 2.61 goals-against average during a personal five-game winning streak. He has given up 13 goals and posted a .900 save percentage in that run.
Jones did not play in the only meeting between the teams this season, a 6-0 rout by the Golden Knights in Las Vegas on Nov. 24. He went 1-2-0 with a 3.32 GAA in three starts and four overall appearances against them last season.

Golden Knights look for second eight-game win streak in as many seasons of existence

In addition to its seven-game winning streak, Vegas (27-15-4) has a 10-game run with at least one point (8-0-2). The Golden Knights are trying to sweep their four-game homestand and improved to 9-1-3 in their last 13 at T-Mobile Arena after a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Cody EakinBrandon Pirri, and Jonathan Marchessault all scored in the first two periods for the Golden Knights, whose other eight-game winning streak came from Dec. 14, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.
Marchessault, who scored 27 goals last season, ended a seven-game goal-scoring drought Tuesday night but has scored in back-to-back contests just twice this season.
One of the reasons Vegas is back at a championship level has been the presence of defenseman Nate Schmidt. After serving a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy, the Golden Knights have gone 19-4-3 in the 26 games he has played and yielded 63 goals after going 8-11-1 while giving up 57 in the first 20.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who came 8:17 short of a shutout before finishing with 27 saves, is expected to be in net once more. He has been between the pipes in five of the seven wins during Vegas’ current run, conceding just six goals while posting a .956 save percentage.
Fleury recorded a 33-save shutout in the Nov. 24 win and was backed by two goals from Max Paciorettyin a four-goal first period. Fleury has won his last five starts versus San Jose and is 8-3-3 with a 2.04 GAA and .940 save percentage in 14 lifetime starts.

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