Golden Knights defeat Oilers for the first time
February 16, 2018 8:46 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
On the evening when the Vegas Golden Knights became the first Western Conference club to reach 80 points they are also just a step away from claiming Best in the West by finally defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.
The Oilers and Minnesota were the only conference opponents the Knights failed to topple this season, with Edmonton now scratched off the list after Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (28 saves) carried a shutout deep into the third period in protecting a 4-0 cushion.
William Karlsson became the first Vegas skater to score 30 goals, while Ryan Carpenter, Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula also found the net. For Karlsson, it was his 100th NHL point, a number his former club, Columbus, thought he'd get with them, yet he was left expendable for the expansion draft after scoring just 15 goals in 81 games in each of the past two seasons with the Blue Jackets.
Local fans again anticipated victory, with Vegas going off as a -200 betting favorite. The Knights are now 3-3 ATS at home (21-4-2 overall) when laying two dollars or ore, perhaps the lone negative statistic against the first-year franchise.
Meanwhile, Edmonton (23-29-4), which won the first two meetings with FGK earlier this season by a composite 11-4 count, is now just a tie-breaker ahead of Vancouver for sixth place in the Pacific Division, while last-place Arizona beat the Montreal Canadiens to move within 10 points of the pair.
The Golden Knights (38-15-4) can equal the league record for most home-ice wins by a club in their inaugural season – set by the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers – when they host Montreal on Saturday. Note the early 4 p.m. PT start, as Hockey Night In Canada will make this the feature game on its weekend doubleheader.
Knights Knotes – Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland set a NHL career-high with his 18th point (three goals, 15 assists)... The Golden Knights have scored a power-play goal in 11 of the past 12 games.