Edmonton Oilers vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 4/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vegas Golden Knights (51-22-7) at Edmonton Oilers (34-40-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +136 / Vegas Golden Knights -150 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Vegas Golden Knights look to finish the regular season strong after winning six of their last nine games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 43 goals, David Perron has 50 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 265 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 94 goals on 1,358 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 50 goals on 568 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
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The Edmonton Oilers could use a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 41 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 44 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 183 goals on 1,965 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 40 goals on 343 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Oilers are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Central and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Golden Knights are 32-15 in their last 47 vs. Western Conference and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Pacific.
The Edmonton Oilers are clearly a team that's counting the days until the offseason, as they've lost five straight games and 6-15 in their last four games. The Vegas Golden Knights have been hit or miss the last couple of weeks, but they continue to play hard and need to keep winning in order to keep that edge heading into the postseason. This is also a fairly decent price considering Vegas is usually laying monster juice. I'll take the Golden Knights as a fade from the Oilers.