The Vegas Golden Knights host the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Pacific Division Final. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks both advanced to the Pacific Division Final after sweeping the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Both teams were able to advance because of the strong play of their goalies. Marc-Andre Fleury posted two shutouts and allowed only three goals in the first round. Martin Jones had one shutout and posted a .970 save percentage.
Vegas sweep the Kings despite scoring only seven goals. If they are going to advance to the conference final, they need to continue playing well defensively and start scoring more goals. Five different players scored over 20 goals for the Knights in the regular season, with William Karlsson leading the team with 43 goals. Karlsson needs to continue his scoring pace against the Sharks for the Golden Knights to win the series.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski both had strong first rounds, recording five points apiece. The Sharks’ two leaders will have to continue scoring if they are going to beat Vegas. Doug Wilson was the only general manager to make a trade offer for Evander Kane at the trade deadline. The move has paid off so far. Kane scored three goals against Anaheim and given San Jose another scoring option. Pete de Boer leaned heavily on Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. However, against Vegas’ four-line attack, the Sharks will need their bottom three defensemen to shoulder a bigger load. De Boer will struggle to match his top pairing against Vegas’ top line because the Golden Knights are so balanced throughout all of their lines.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks
Date: Thursday, April 26
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
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Vegas won the regular season series with San Jose, winning three of four games