Vegas has a solid backup goalie in Malcolm Subban, and he performed well in the last two periods against the Canucks after Fleury departed. Subban played in a game for the first time since February 2 and stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced vs. Vancouver. He also saw action in a 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks back on 22 march, turning away three shots in relief of Maxime Lagace.
The Golden Knights just completed a four-game homestand at 2-2 and went 4-1 before that on a five-game road trip, showing they have become an equally good team away from T-Mobile Arena.
San Jose plays Vegas twice in the next 10 days and needs to likely win both games in order to claim the division title. The Sharks have lost the first two meetings with the Golden Knights by a combined score of 10-7, giving up five goals in each of them.
During their winning streak the Sharks have outscored opponents 27-15, finding a way to earn points despite allowing three goals or more four times during that stretch. Three of the wins took place on the road, and they now play two straight at home before a four-game road trip that ends at T-Mobile on March 31 in the home finale for the Golden Knights.
Similar to Vegas, San Jose has played almost as well on the road (19-12-6) as at home (22-11-3). That is a good sign for any team looking to have success in the postseason, but the Sharks need a win here at the SAP Center badly in order to gain some confidence in this series.
Another victory for the Golden Knights would help them take another big step towards winning the Pacific in their first year. San Jose will prevent that from happening and head to Vegas in a little more than a week going for a 2-2 split.