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Can the Sharks Beat Vegas In The Playoffs With Their Goaltenders?

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It’s been inevitable for a while, but now it’s really inevitable, we’re going to see another Vegas/San Jose postseason series. With four games to go, Vegas and San Jose are locked into 2nd and 3rd with the Sharks desperately trying to hang on to home ice advantage. The only thing up for grabs now is the location of the first (and more importantly the seventh) game of the series between the Golden Knights and the Sharks set to begin on April 10th or 11th.

Golden Knights when playing at SAP Center
Regular Season Record: 2-1-1
Postseason Record: 2-1
Regular Season Goals Per Game: 2.95
Postseason Goals Per Game: 2.5

If we could poll both fan bases, one would feel much more confident in their team advancing. Even though both clubs have struggled down the stretch. Vegas fans are hoping they see the Sharks, not the same feeling from Bay Area fans. There’s a bit of a lopsided history between the two clubs.

2017-18: Vegas vs. San Jose
November 24, 2017 @ VGK: Vegas wins 5-4 in OT
February 8, 2018 @ SJ: Vegas wins 5-3
March 22, 2018 @ SJ: San Jose wins 2-1 in OT
March 31, 2018 @ VGK: Vegas wins 3-2

2017-18 Postseason: Vegas vs. San Jose
April 26, 2018 @ VGK: Vegas wins 7-0
April 18, 2018 @ VGK: San Jose wins 4-3 in Double OT
April 30, 2018 @ SJ: Vegas wins 4-3
May 2, 2018 @ SJ: San Jose wins 4-0
May 4, 2018 @ VGK: Vegas wins 5-3
May 6, 2018 @ SJ: Vegas wins 3-0

2018-19: Vegas vs. San Jose
November 24, 2018 @ VGK: Vegas wins 6-0
January 10, 2019 @ SJ: San Jose wins 3-2
March 18, 2019 @ SJ: Vegas wins 7-3
March 30, 2018 @ VGK: TBD

In their thirteen game history, the Golden Knights are 9-2-2 averaging 3.8 goals per game. Vegas scored a total of 48 goals, +20 in goal differential and chased goaltender Martin Jones four times.

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Pacific Division Goaltender Rankings

ESPNNNNNNN’s Greg Wyshynski spoke with TSN Edmonton this week about the Pacific Division and Jon Gibson’s eight-year extension goaltender with the Anaheim Ducks.

He’s a solid goalie. He’s a workhorse, it’s a position you don’t have to worry about. They’re a contender. Gibson is going to give them a chance and make them a contender for a bit. -Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

Just like Vegas, the Ducks re-upped their goalie but have many questions elsewhere on the ice. While Gibson may help Anaheim compete, at this moment Fleury is in a better spot to win.

So, with that in mind, let’s rank the goaltenders 1-8 in the Pacific Division. We charted top centers earlier this week, so let’s do the same with the PAC-8’s goaltenders.

The Elite

Jonathan Quick
2017–18: 33-28-3 Record, 5 Shutouts, 2.44 GAA, .921 Save %, 37 Quality Starts
Career: 293-195-56 Record, 49 Shutouts, 2.28 GAA, .916 Save %, 305 Quality Starts

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In six separate seasons, Quick finished in the top ten for most wins and goals against average, including last season. LA’s goaltender was ninth with 33 wins, and tenth posting a 2.40 GAA. The 2012 Conn Smythe award winner’s 49 career shutouts are fourth among active goaltenders, one ahead of Marc-Andre Fleury. Quick steps his game up in the playoffs posting a 2.23 career postseason GAA and a .922 career postseason save percentage. The Golden Knights swept the Kings in the first round but LA couldn’t put the blame on their goaltender, who posted four consecutive quality starts. Without Quick in net, the series would’ve been a two-game mercy rule.

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Marc-Andre Fleury
2017–18: 29-13-5 Record, 4 Shutouts, 2.24 GAA, .927 Save %, 31 Quality Starts
Career: 404-229-72 Record, 48 Shutouts, 2.56 GAA, .913 Save %, 319 Quality Starts

What more could I possibly say about Fleury? Golden Knights fans witnessed a star reborn and lead their team to the Stanley Cup finals. Fleury amazed start after start… remember he started 20 out of 21 games down the stretch? Fleury had a renaissance season becoming an All-Star for the first time since 2015, finishing fifth in the Vezina award voting, and passing 400 career wins. To top off a near-perfect season, the 33-year-old morphed into a flying brick wall in the postseason. In 20 playoff games, Fleury allowed just 47 goals, and registered 12 quality starts. Sure, I gave Quick the slight edge, but it’s clear which goalie Vegas fans would rather in net.

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The Goalie Matchup Doesn’t Get Easier In Round Two

Expect the Golden Knights to have more Grade A chances this round, but getting them past the goalie isn’t going to be much easier. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It’s hard to face better goaltending than what the Golden Knights saw in the first round. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was in playoff mode from puck drop of Game One. Posting a 1.69 GAA, and allowing just seven goals in four games against Vegas, LA’s goaltender was remarkable. Next up the Golden Knights face Martin Jones. He may not have as recognizable a name as Quick, but he’s been right there with him all year long, and especially in the first round.

In the four postseason games each have played, Jones has nearly matched Marc-Andre Fleury’s numbers.

  • Fleury’s 2018 Playoff Stats
    • 4 GMs, 3 GA, 0.65 GAA, 127 SV, .977 SV%, 2 Shutouts
  • Jones’ 2018 Playoff Stats
    • 4 GMs, 4 GA, 1.00 GAA, 128 SV, .970 SV%, 1 Shutout

In his fourth postseason, Jones has 20 wins in 34 games started. In 2016, the Sharks goalie went on a tear in his first playoff as a starter. He led all goalies with 24 games started, 3 shut outs, and 631 saves.

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