Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers - 2/26/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (33-22-7) at Vegas Golden Knights (34-22-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -200 / Edmonton Oilers +175 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Edmonton Oilers and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to rebound from a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. Anaheim jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play before Tyler Ennis got the Oilers on the board just after the nine minute mark of the 2nd period. Leon Draisaitl tied the game at two for Edmonton just over four minutes into the 3rd before the Ducks re-took the lead with just over seven minutes to go. The lead lasted all of 2:52 before Andreas Athanasiou scored his 1st goal as an Oiler to tie the game at three, eventually forcing overtime. The extra frame was short-lived though, as Anaheim scored the game-winning goal on the power play just over two minutes into the extra period. Mike Smith took the loss, falling to 17-10-6 on the year after allowing all 4 goals on 21 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to add to their current six-game winning streak after a 6-5 overtime win over Anaheim last time out. Patrick Brown opened the scoring for the Golden Knights with just over seven minutes to go in the 1st before Anaheim tied the game at one in the dying seconds of the first. Anaheim took their first lead just after the midway point of the 2nd before Alec Martinez tied the game at two with just over four minutes to go in the 2nd and William Karlsson gave the Golden Knights the lead with just under a minute to go in the middle frame. Anaheim tied the game in the opening minute of the 3rd before Karlsson struck twice in less than five minutes to complete his hat trick and give Vegas a 5-3 lead. Anaheim would tie the game late with a pair of goals 1:42 apart, eventually forcing the game into OT. Shea Theodore would find the game-winner for the Golden Knights with just over a minute to go in the extra frame. Malcolm Subban got the win to improve to 9-7-3 on the year after giving up all 5 goals on 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
Edmonton is 36-77 in their last 113 games playing on no rest and 0-6 in their last 6 Wednesday games while the over is 6-1-3 in their last 10 division games. Vegas is 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 6-0 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 division games. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The heavy plus money with the Oilers is tempting as Edmonton is still a really good team. However, the Oilers have historically been bad on the second half of a back-to-back, and Edmonton didn’t look all that great in losing to the Ducks, and now they have to go on a back-to-back and face a red-hot Vegas team? No thank you. I think Vegas and the rest advantage will be too much for Edmonton to overcome here, so I’ll back the Golden Knights on the puck line in what could end up being a 4-2 or 5-3 game.