Head-to-Head: Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers
Vegas Golden Knights Head-to-Head Edmonton Oilers Peter DeBoer Head Coach Jay Woodcroft 41-29-5 (4th in Pacific Division) Standing 43-26-6 (2nd in Pacific Division) Leaders Jonathan Marchessault (60) Points Connor McDavid (110) Jonathan Marchessault (29) Goals Leon Draisaitl (54) Chandler Stephenson (40) Assists Connor McDavid (68) Zach Whitecloud (24) +/- Leon Draisaitl (22) Jonathan Marchessault (3. 35) Shots (Per Game) Connor McDavid (4. 04)
Why Might the Vegas Golden Knights Win?
The Vegas Golden Knights are the underdog, but they can win if they take a lot of shots and slow down Leon Draisaitl.
The Golden Knights are facing an Oilers squad that lacks solid goaltending. The Oilers have a history of goaltender struggles, and the Golden Knights are likely to take advantage. They must take out the Oilers’ goaltenders by storming them with shots. They will be able to score many goals if they succeed.
The Golden Knights may have many chances to score in this game, but they will also have to slow down Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl has 54 goals and 51 assists. Draisaitl is incredibly skilled with the puck. Draisaitl does not miss many opportunities and scores on over 20% of his shots.
Why might the Edmonton Oilers win?
The Edmonton Oilers are the favorites but will only win if they draw penalties and limit the Golden Knights’ shots.
The Oilers have a dominant power-play unit and convert on 26% of their power-plays, the third-best in the league. Oilers must draw penalties to get a man advantage. The game could be very high scoring and the Oilers will need to get as many goals as possible.
The Golden Knights score 3.2 goals per game and average 34 shots. Their offense is very powerful and they need to be slowed down. If they don’t take too many shots, it can slow them down. Oilers defensemen must limit shots to make it difficult for Oilers to score.
Golden Knights Key Player: (C) Chandler Stephenson
Center Chandler Stephenson has become a leader on this Golden Knights team. Although he doesn’t score much, he creates plays for his teammates.
Stephenson only has 17 goals, but he does have 40 assists. He is a good pass maker and makes sure he finds the best teammates. He must continue to search for the best teammates.
Defensively, the Oilers should not worry about Stephenson scoring (he has only taken 110 shots this season). They do need to stop Stephenson’s passing and make him turn the puck over.
Oilers Key Player: (C) Connor McDavid
This was not a difficult choice. Connor McDavid, the center of the team is a skilled player who brings a wealth of experience to this table.
McDavid can pass and score, so he needs to decide what is best. While he should always pass when it is best, he must also aim when it is best. He is a top player in the league and this should not be difficult.
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How to Watch Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers
Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers Information What Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers Where Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta When Saturday, April 16, 9: 00 PM EST How to Watch ESPN+