A pair of Pacific Division teams take the ice in the Silver State looking for a victory. The Edmonton Oilers are on the road as they travel to face the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday night. Edmonton picked up a 5-3 road victory in their previous game against Arizona on Wednesday night. Vegas dropped Nashville 5-2 on the road in their most recent contest Wednesday night. The Golden Knights have taken six off the last 10 meetings between the teams, though the Oilers claimed the first matchup this season, prevailing 5-3 on the road back on October 22.
Edmonton Oilers Look for Back-to-Back WinsEdmonton bounced back from a loss to Dallas on the road as they traveled to the desert and took down Arizona in the second game of a back-to-back situation. The Oilers entered Friday second in the Pacific Division, one point behind the Flames for the division lead. Edmonton comes into this one 3rd in the league in goals per game as they average 3.79 goals per contest. The Oilers stand tied for 18th in goals against as they allow three goals per night. Edmonton stands 1st in power play success as they cash in 39% of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Oilers are 5th in penalty killing as they successfully get through 86.9% of their shorthanded situations on the year.
Against Arizona, Edmonton got their offense going after being stifled by Dallas as they picked up the road victory. In the opening period, the Oilers held a 14-13 edge in shots on goal and the game was even at one after 20 minutes of play. After falling behind 1-0, Connor McDavid tied the game with his 13th of the year, on the power play, at 14:58 off assists from Leon Draisaitl and Tyson Barrie. The second period saw the Oilers with a 14-6 shot advantage and they outscored the Coyotes 1-0 to take a 2-1 lead after two periods of action. Draisaitl scored his 19th of the year at 10:53 off assists from Cody Ceci and Zack Kassian to give the Oilers the lead. In the third period, Edmonton held a 16-8 shot advantage and outscored Arizona 3-2 to earn the win. Kassian scored his fourth of the year at 7:45 off assists from McDavid and Draisaitl to make it a 3-1 game. Draisaitl extended to a 4-1 margin with his 20th of the year, on the power play, at 13:08 on assists from Barrie and McDavid. After Arizona scored twice to make it a one-goal game, McDavid hit the empty net for his second of the game and 14th of the season at 19:32 with Kassian drawing the lone assist. Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves for the Oilers, who outshot the Coyotes 44-27, in the game. He’s expected to be in net for this contest as well.
Vegas Golden Knights Seek to Defend Home IceVegas won for the sixth time in eight games as they dropped Nashville on the road in the finale of a short two-game road trip. The Golden Knights entered Friday third in the Pacific Division, five points behind the Flames for the division lead. Vegas enters this game 12th in scoring with an average of 3.15 goals per contest. The Golden Knights are 21st in goals against as they give up an average of 3.05 goals a night. Vegas is 31st, or second-last in the league, with the man advantage as they convert 10.9% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Golden Knights are 17th in the league in penalty killing as they have killed off 81% of their shorthanded situations on the year.
FIRST AS A GOAL-DEN KNIGHT FOR ADAM BROOKS!!!! pic.twitter.com/W4bTdzBMBm— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 25, 2021
In the game against Nashville, the Golden Knights controlled play in the contest and came up with the victory on the road. Vegas held an 11-9 edge in shots on goal in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes of action. Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring with his seventh of the season at 19:12 off an assist from Mark Stone. In the second period, the Golden Knights held a 13-10 shot advantage and outscored the Predators 2-0 to take a 3-0 lead. Jonas Rondbjerg scored his second of the season, unassisted, at 3:01 to make it a 2-0 game. Adam Brooks made it a 3-0 game with his first of the year at 11:12 off assists from Keegan Kolesar and Mattias Janmark. The third period saw the Golden Knights with an 11-9 shot edge with both teams scoring twice to salt away the win. After Vegas got on the board to make it 3-1, Alex Pietrangelo restored the three-goal edge with his fourth of the year, shorthanded, off an assist from Stephenson at the 8:04 mark. Nashville made it a two-goal game again before Stone closed the scoring with his first of the season at 18:08 off an assist from Max Pacioretty, into an empty net. Robin Lehner made 26 saves for the Golden Knights, who held a 35-28 edge in shots on goal, in the win. He’s expected to be in goal again here.
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Vegas is getting healthy with the recent return of Pacioretty and Stone to the mix in recent games. The Golden Knights are coming off a victory on the road over Nashville and are trying to tighten things up in the Pacific Division race. Edmonton showed how dangerous they can be offensively as they knocked off Arizona after being stymied by Dallas Tuesday night. The Oilers are leading the league on the power play this season and when you’re cashing in on two of five power play opportunities on the season with the dangerous duo of Draisaitl and McDavid, you’re going to be in most games. Look for the Oilers to ride their offensive attack to get the win in this contest.
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Edmonton has seen the over hit in 12 of their 19 games this season. The Oilers have seen an average total of 6.79 goals per game this season and that number drops to an average of 6.50 goals per contest on the road. Vegas has seen the over go 12-7-1 in their 18 games in relation to the total this season. The Golden Knights are posting an average total of 6.20 goals per game this season. That number ticks up slightly to 6.27 goals per contest on home ice this season. Edmonton has seen the over hit in four of their last six games coming into this contest. Vegas has seen the over go 7-2-1 in their last 10 contests. Given how both teams have capable offensive weapons, look for this one to wind up over the number.