Vegas Golden Knights (3-3) at San Jose Sharks (3-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday April 23rd 2019 at 10:08 PM EDT (SAP Center)
Lines and Odds: San Jose Sharks -110
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Welcome to game seven of this Western Conference first round matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks. This has been a hard hitting, emotional, and spirited series between these Pacific Division rivals. Each game has had a different feel to it. The Sharks dominated game one and then for games two through four, team teal decided to fall into 3-0 holes, in all three of those games and losing 5-3, 6-3, and an ugly 5-0. San Jose was staring at a 3-1 deficit and it took a team effort to win game five 5-2, and then a Easter, double overtime miracle win in Vegas, to get to this point. In that sixth game, Martin Jones made a career high and franchise record 58 saves and Tomas Hertl scored shorthanded to get this series back to the Bay Area. There’s nothing like a game seven in playoff hockey and it will be a fun night at the Shark tank. Tuesday’s starting goalies are Marc-Andre Fleury vs Martin Jones.
Last year, the Vegas Golden Knights had an amazing first year in the NHL. They skated well out of the gate and won the Pacific Division. They went through the Western Conference playoffs easily before getting checked by the Washington Capitals 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Not too many expansion teams in sports have so much success in their first season and the Knights will need that golden feeling in game seven. The key Vegas players in this series have been Mark Stone, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Ryan Reaves. Stone has scored six goals in this series, including a hat-trick in game three. However, Stone has been shut down by Marc-Édouard Vlasic and the Sharks the last two games. Fleury looked like he had the Sharks on the ropes after his shutout win in game four. Now it looks like San Jose has rattled him a bit, especially under the seven hole. Reaves has been a big part of this series because he was able to frustrate the Sharks, and especially Evander Kane. The last few games have actually been pretty tame and both teams have been focused. Now Vegas will face their first ever game seven and they will need their stars to play big. Fleury has been here before and will be ready to go. Look for Stone and maybe even William Karlsson to be the golden sparks tonight.
The San Jose Sharks are one win away from completing the 3-1 comeback. Sharks fans have been use to coming up short in the playoffs once that big deficit is there, but maybe the tide is changing for them. After looking undisciplined and rattled in the first few games of this series, team teal has played like they did in the second half of the season by having strong defense and numerous amount of scoring from their top guys. The big turning point in this series has been Martin Jones. After giving up so many easy goals, Jones has come up big in these elimination games and he refused to quit in double overtime, when the Sharks looked tired. You need to steal one every now and then in the playoffs and the Sharks did just that in game six. Tomas Hertl called a game seven happening after San Jose won game five and here we are. Hertl leads the team with five goals in this series and Erik Karlsson has seven assists. Look for Jones to come up big again and team teal will try to ride the momentum for a win.
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So, who will win game seven? Who knows what to expect tonight, as the series has had crazy shifts back and forth. There will be fights at key moments and definitely a hunt for that first goal of the game. The team that scores first in this series is 6-0. Jones and Fleury will be making big stops all night and it may come down to what team cashes in on that extra power play. The Sharks are 3-1 all-time at home in game seven and they will look to feed the crowd early with a goal. The Knights will try to take the crowd out of it and frustrate the Sharks early. San Jose has had their backs against the wall and they will finish the job. Sharks win 4-2.