The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks will face each other in a match that will undoubtedly go down as one of the best games in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. The only question is, who is going to win the match? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the upcoming game.

How Did these Two Teams Get Here?

The San Jose Sharks didn’t achieve it until September, landing the NHL offseason prize in Erik Karlsson, providing them with two elite offensive blueliners in the league as well as Brent Burns. The 34-year-old defenseman joined an experienced team that were built to reach the playoffs this season, thanks to players like Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Evander Kane, and Joe Pavelski. During the trade deadline, the team also acquired Gustav Nyquist, allowing the Sharks to finish in second place for the season. The only problem is that the Sharks were considered the worst team when it came to saving percentage, and in-team, the defence were ranked 21st.

The Vegas Golden Knights were directly behind the Sharks who were considered the expansion darlings last season which managed to be defeated in the Stanley Cup final. The Golden Knights made a few significant upgrades during the offseason when they obtained Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Paul Stastny. However, due to accidental injuries to vital players, expected regression, and inconsistent play, the Vegas Golden Knights, were left in 3rd place within the Pacific Division.

Depth

The Vegas Golden Knights will return with most of the players that assisted them during the postseason, including Cody Eakin, Ryan Reaves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and Alex Touch. The San Jose Sharks boast with players like Melker Karlsson, Barclay Goodrow, Joe Thornton, Kevin Labanc, and Marcus Sorensen. This will make the advantage a tie.

Defence

Burns was considered the best offensive defenseman in the league, producing 300 goal shots and skating for more than 25 minutes a game for the Sharks. He will be going up against none other than Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Karlsson will skate with Justin Bruan, Joakim Ryan, and Brenden Dillion. The Vegas Golden Knights will return with the same group as the previous season, including Nick Holden, Shea Theodore, Brayden McNabb, Deryk Engelland, Colin Miller, and Nate Schmidt. This will give the Sharks the advantage.

Health

San Jose will be at full strength for the match once Meier returns. However, there’s going to be concerned regarding the effectiveness of injured players, such as Pavelski and Karlsson. The Knights are also going to be at full strength for the game without Erik Haula. This will be another advantage for the Sharks in the game.

Prediction

This is going to be one hell of a match. Both teams have managed to make a few significant upgrades to their teams and its highly possible that the series will be determined by whoever wins this match. It’s going to be a perfect match game with plenty up for a stake at the end.

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