Knights see McDavid, Oilers for the first time
November 14, 2017 3:01 AM
by Bob Harvey
After a brief stop at home – and another victory – the Vegas Golden Knights travel to Edmonton for a Tuesday night tussle with Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Game time is set for 6 p.m. PT at Rogers Place where Edmonton figures to be a solid favorite.
Vegas (10-5-0-1, 3-4-0-1 road) posted another home victory on Friday beating Winnipeg 5-2 and snapping the Jets eight-game unbeaten streak. William Karlsson scored two goals, including a short hander, while David Perron and Luca Sbisa each had a goal and an assist. James Neal added his team’s high ninth goal of the year and Maxime Lagace turned aside 24 shots to pick up his second victory.
Edmonton (6-9-1-1, 3-6 home) is back home following a four-game road trip. The Oilers took the first two games with overtime wins against the Islanders and Devils but lost the final two against the Rangers (4-2) and the Washington Capitals 2-1 in a shootout on Sunday.
Superstar Connor McDavid leads the team in scoring (19), goals (7) and assists (12). Edmonton has been a major disappointment this season due in large part to an offense that is dead last in scoring (2.2 GPG). That number is surprising given the Oilers are third in the league in shots per game (35.8)
The bottom line: Don’t be fooled by Edmonton’s dismal offensive numbers.
They’re a team that can catch fire at any moment, especially with McDavid leading the charge. Vegas has already shown its ability to score goals, recording a 10-6 record to the OVER.
That’s the direction we’re headed tonight – north of the total.
Pick: Take the OVER