Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
NHL Playoff Hockey: Thursday April 11, 2019 (SAP Center at San Jose)
Line and Odds: San Jose Sharks -125 Over/Under 6
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In 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights pulled off an impossible dream of a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. There were plenty around the country who fretted at their ease in knifing their way to the finals. How could a first year team do such a thing? What does that say about us? As we all know, it ended with a five game loss to the severely overdue Washington Capitals and their long-suffering captain. Don’t be mistaken; nothing was taken away from what the Knights did.
Question everyone is asking is, will they do it again? If so, then against who and will they win this time?
Let’s remain in the present moment. In order for Vegas to make their way back to the Finals, they will have to make a double effort against the San Jose Sharks. Last year, the Knights made short work of them (it should’ve been shorter). Aside from the 2016 run to the Finals, the Joe Thornton era for the Sharks has been nothing but letdown.
A 3-0 blown to the Stanley Cup winning Kings. A 2-0 blown lead to Edmonton in 06’, Dwayne Roloson continues to give Jumbo Joe nightmares. If only Jonathon Cheechoo hadn’t fallen off the face of the earth. Then again, would he have helped in all the other let downs? It matters not. Here’s not here at the moment, which might be the last chance Jumbo Joe has at the Cup.
If 2019 is to be a repeat of 2018 then I’d chalk this up as a win for the Knights already but that’s the thing about the playoffs, they change things. Last season, the Capitals finally made it through Pittsburgh and then followed it up against Tampa Bay. Will San Jose pull off that sort of thing?
One thing the Sharks do have on their side is home ice advantage. I feel that makes a difference in the playoffs, it’s just good teams win on the road. Looking at this game and series, I really don’t know who I’d give the edge to. San Jose has both Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns but will they be snake-bitten once more by their logo’s playoff lore?
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Have you seen Brent Burns play against the Knights anyways? I hope that’s just a trick of his. If it’s not, I don’t care who’s on this roster. The Sharks will not beat Vegas. While I feel the Sharks may win one game at home, they’ll be toast if they lose game one. Vegas jumped on them left and right last year and with rosters that are almost the same, there’s no reason to think they won’t do it again.
Erik Karlsson is the ace to me in this series. While Burns may not be his offensive self against the Knights, I still can’t help but appreciate what Karlsson did in 2017 with the Sens. Having missed the playoffs last year and been injured for most of this year, I wonder what kind of fire’s burning in his soul.
There’s also the fact that Marc Andre Fleury is not exactly at 100 percent. Goaltending is 60 percent of a hockey team, unless it’s shaky. In that case, it’s 100 percent. Fleury was terrific up until that fourth round last year. Will he look the same against San Jose in this series?
A series that is jock full of questions.
In the postseason, it doesn’t matter who you have. What matters is that they step up when it’s their time. The players that do this, more often than not, can sway momentum is a series. Players like Gretzky, Lemieux, Bobby Orr and Patrick Roy. They did it. Someone on these two teams might just do that. Karlsson nearly did it in ’17, Fleury nearly did it in ’18…who will do in ’19?
Game one is a toss up…Vegas 3 Sharks 2 in OT.