Sharks thrashed by Golden Knights in Game 1

Former Billings Bulls trainer Mike Muir has his dream job with the NHL's Las Vegas Golden Knights

Former Billings Bulls trainer Mike Muir has his dream job with the NHL's Las Vegas Golden Knights

Former Billings Bulls trainer Mike Muir has his dream job with the NHL's Las Vegas Golden Knights.

More than 2,000 tickets remained on the market as of that point with the lowest price sitting in the $170 range.

StubHub statistics show 52 percent of the tickets sold through the service went to Nevadans, with just 16 percent going to Californians. The puck drops tonight at 7p.m.

They also recommend not buying tickets on the street, because they are not refundable and cannot be guaranteed.

From the moment the matchup was set last week through Thursday's pregame festivities where a shark tank projected on the T-Mobile Arena ice, "Jaws" references abounded the Vegas Golden Knights' Western Conference semifinal series with the San Jose Sharks. Before the public-address announcer could trumpet the game's first goal, Haula finished Tuch's rush to the net 26 seconds later with a sniper past Jones to double Vegas' lead.

Among franchise and National Hockey League records, the Golden Knights most recently eliminated the L.A. Kings to become the first expansion to to sweep a playoff series. Goaltending can steal games and, in rare cases, an entire series, and Jones will need to be sharp against a high-octane Vegas attack.


On the other bench, San Jose is 49-38 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.2 units this year. Karlsson (83 points) has tallied 44 goals and 39 assists and has recorded two or more points on 19 different occasions this year.

Offense alone can't win the series for the Sharks, though. The Sharks played too strongly once they solidified late in the season to sink with such little struggle. San Jose was 6 for 20 on the power play in the opening round against the Ducks but went 0-for-5 against Fleury. Fleury's hot goaltending will, indeed, be the deciding factor in this series.

Marc-Andre Fleury has been the best player in the playoffs.

Goaltender Martin Jones, who looked brilliant in the first round by allowing just four goals in a sweep of Anaheim, came into the series with a career.931 save percentage, third best ever among goalies with at least 20 playoff games.

The Sharks started the series without star center Joe Thornton, who has been out since January 23 with a knee injury, and there is no timeline for his return. Sure, Thornton is inching close to 39, but he's still a supremely skilled playmaker who can give San Jose a shot in the arm at even strength and on the power play.

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