The Vegas Golden Knights (46-22-6) head to take on the San Jose Sharks (20-39-15) at SAP Center at San Jose on Thursday. Vegas is coming off a high-scoring 7-4 loss against the Oilers on Tuesday, ending a run of four wins in a row.
The Golden Knights conceded three power play goals while failing to take advantage of their own power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault led the Golden Knights with two goals.
Jonathan Quick started in the loss and saved only 28 of 34 shots against (.823%).San Jose beat the Jets 3-0 on Tuesday. Noah Gregor, Martin Kaut, and Kevin Labanc scored one apiece for the Sharks. Gregor added an assist to lead the team in scoring. James Reimer earned his third shutout of the season with 41 saves.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Golden Knights have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 2-1 victory in their most recent meeting in February. Paul Cotter and William Carrier were on the scoresheet for Vegas. Alexander Barabanov scored San Jose’s only goal. Adin Hill got the win, saving 25 of 26 shots (.961%).
Vegas is averaging 3.27 goals per game for the season, 14th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Sharks team that is allowing 3.78 goals a game (30th). Meanwhile, San Jose has found the net 2.85 times a game on average, 25th in the league, and the Golden Knights are allowing opponents to score 2.82 goals per game (11th).
The Golden Knights’ 20.54% power play percentage ranks 20th in the league, while the Sharks are 26th with a conversion rate of 17.59%. San Jose has been more successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s third-highest PK% at 83.77%. Vegas ranks 19th at 77.27%.
Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson have been the top skaters for the Golden Knights this season with 59 and 56 points. In the net, Hill (16-7-1) is Vegas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.49 GAA and a .914% save percentage.
Logan Thompson (21-13-3) leads the Golden Knights in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.65 and a save percentage of .915%.Erik Karlsson leads the Sharks in scoring with 91 points.
He has 22 goals and 69 assists (3rd). Reimer (11-18-8) has the best goals against average for San Jose at 3.31. He has a save percentage of .895%.
HOME AND AWAY
Vegas has won seven straight away from T-Mobile Arena this season. San Jose is 7-20-10 at SAP Center at San Jose this season.
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