The Vegas Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers meet Monday in game 3 of the NHL West Second Round Playoffs at the Rogers Place. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.71 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Chandler Stephenson leads Vegas with 5 goals, Mark Stone has 7 assists and Jack Eichel has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.29 goals per game and are killing 52.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Laurent Brossoit has given up 22 goals on 212 shots faced, and Adin Hill has allowed 0 goals on 4 shots.
The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 4.25 goals per game and are scoring on 56 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 13 goals, Evan Bouchard has 11 assists and Connor McDavid has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.38 goals per game and are killing 67.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Stuart Skinner has given up 25 goals on 237 shots faced, and Jack Campbell has allowed 1 goal on 28 shots.
The Golden Knights are 11-3 in their last 14 road games and 21-8 in their last 29 overall. The Oilers are 11-2 in their last 13 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The over is 5-2 in Golden Knights last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Oilers last 5 overall. The Golden Knights are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
You can make a case for either of these teams that have been lighting it up offensively all playoffs, and the Golden Knights have proven their effort doesn't change much on the road. With that said, the Oilers have been slightly more consistent and when their offense gets rolling they're probably the scariest team left in these playoffs. At home, after just stealing home ice, it's hard to bet against the Oilers here with the reasonable price. I like the Oilers to build on their game 2 efforts.