San Jose Sharks - Vegas Golden Knights predictions and free betting tips [13/10/2023]
An intriguing NHL weekday match awaits us. On Friday, 13 October, a meeting between San Jose and Vegas at the SAP Center will take place. Let's consider the potential outcomes of this showdown.
Last season, the Sharks had an overall record of 22-44-16, amassing a modest 60 points. With such results, they finished 14th in the West.
I don't have much faith in the Sharks this season. Due to an internal roster revamp, it is likely the guys will produce a similar result as last year. After Erik Karlsson's trade to Pittsburgh, there are few players left to rely on. Sure, the team has Ekland, Barabanov, and Duclair, but due to the aforementioned restructuring and a bright future, it is quite possible that the final two will be subject to trade-offs.
San Jose had one of the poorest pre-seasons in the Pacific Division. In 6 games, they managed to secure 6 points, barely winning twice.
The Golden Knights showcased remarkable results last season. Having confidently secured the 1st place in the Western Conference with just two regulation losses, they ended with an overall record of 51-22-9. Afterwards, they made a successful play-off run, effortlessly defeating Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Dallas. In the Stanley Cup final series, they also overcame Florida 4:1, earning the prestigious title for the first time in club history.
This season, the reigning champions' line-up has all the elements needed to replicate last year's success. However, the main condition is for key players to remain healthy throughout the season, especially during the play-offs. Last season, goalkeeper Adin Hill proved himself and is likely to become the team's first-choice goalie this year.
Besides this, Vegas has already played one game. In their first match of the season, they faced off against the Seattle Kraken, which they defeated without significant effort, garnering a score of 4:1.
Head to Head
The teams met twice during the pre-season. On both occasions, victory fell to the Sharks--which notably were their only pre-season victories. First, they triumphed with a score of 5:2, and then 2:0.
In the upcoming match, I would propose betting on another Vegas victory. Despite the Sharks' two pre-season wins over the reigning Stanley Cup holders, it is unlikely to be repeated in the regular season. San Jose currently has an incredibly weak line-up compared to Vegas, making them the main underdogs in their Pacific Division this season.