Golden Knights vs. Oilers Game 3 Predictions, Odds & Props: Bounce-Back Time for Vegas?

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Edmonton, the new betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup, plays host to Vegas in Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference playoff series Monday night, when the venue switches to Rogers Place. Here, we break down Golden Knights vs. Oilers Game 3 predictions, odds, and props.

The Oilers, who were defeated 6-4 in the series opener at Vegas, responded with a 5-1 win on Saturday — snapping the Knights’ five-game playoff winning steak — to tie the series at 1-1.

The teams had two days off between Games 1 and 2, but for the rest of the series, there will be just one-day breaks.

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Oilers vs. Knights Series Price + NHL Futures Odds

Oilers are back as choices to win the series.

Edmonton, which finished two points behind top-seeded Vegas for the top spot in the Pacific Division, opened as a -150 pick to win this quarterfinal series and saw its odds lengthen to +128 after falling in Game 1. Now the Oilers are a -190 choice (FanDuel). Vegas is at +160 (DraftKings).

As for winning the Cup, the Oilers are listed as the choice at +350 (FanDuel). Before the Golden Knights’ last defeat, they were the favorites, but now stand fifth at +800 (DraftKings, PointsBet).

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VGK vs. Oilers Game 3 Odds

As for Monday’s game, the Oilers’ first at home in this series, they are the choice at -170 (FanDuel) with Vegas at +146 (DraftKings).

NHL betting lines vary on wagering boards, including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet, so it is always wise for bettors to check out the different offerings on the best sports betting apps in an attempt to secure the best odds.

Here are current numbers for Golden Knights vs. Oilers Game 3 betting action.

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Oilers’ Draisaitl Still on a Tear

Center Leon Draisaitl followed up his four goals in the opener vs. Vegas with two in Game 2. He has three more goals than anyone else on either team, thus bettors who jumped on Draisaitl at +350 (FanDuel) to score the most goals in the series are beaming.

Leon Draisaitl and the Oilers are favored on odds boards in Game 3 vs. the Golden Knights.
Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers in their NHL Playoff series against goalie Laurent Brossoit and the Golden Knights (AP Photo/John Locher)

Edmonton was leading Saturday’s game 4-0 at 16:17 of the first period, having more goals at that stage than Vegas had shots (three).

Center Mattias Janmark is reported to be out indefinitely after banging his head against the boards in an awkward fall in Game 1.

Golden Knights Goalie Bombarded, Marchessault Goes Cold

For the first time in the postseason, Vegas goalie Laurent Brossoit was replaced mid-game. He allowed five goals on 32 shots through two periods, facing 11 shots on the power play. Adin Hill played the third period and didn’t allow a goal but needed to make only four saves. He hadn’t played since March 7.
Center Chandler Stephenson, who was foiled by Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner on a breakaway in the second period of Game 2, saw his five-game playoff scoring streak halted.

Another Knights center, Jonathan Marchessault, led the team with 28 goals in the regular season, but he has none through seven playoff games.

Betting Trends to Consider for Golden Knights vs. Oilers Game 3

Oilers have been this route before:

  • Wednesday’s loss by Edmonton was its fifth straight series-opening defeat the past two seasons. Saturday’s ensuing victory marked the fourth time the Oilers rebounded with a win.
  • Edmonton had a league-high 89 power-play goals in the regular season and a 32.4 percent success rate. In the playoffs, the Oilers have a league-best 14 scores with the man advantage and a 56.0 percent success rate, also is a record pace. Three of those power-play goals came in Game 2.

Golden Knights have been strong on road:

  • Vegas had a road record of 26-7-8 in the regular season, the fewest losses for any of the league’s 32 teams. The Knights then won both their first-round games played in Winnipeg.
  • Teams that were defeated by four-plus goals in this year’s playoffs have a remarkable cumulative record of 9-4 against the same team in their next game. Included was Vegas’ 5-2 first-round win in Game 2 against Winnipeg after losing 5-1 in the opener.
  • Vegas had fewer shots on the power play (six) than Edmonton had while short-handed (seven) Saturday.

Golden Knights vs. Oilers Game 3 Props

If you have scanned the Golden Knights vs. Oilers odds and are still looking for more action, consider the following prop bets.

Edmonton’s Draisaitl to win the Conn Smythe trophy, given to the MVP for his team in the playoffs (+600 PointsBet). Since the winner of this award has been on the Stanley Cup champion since 2004 — and since Edmonton stands as the favorite and Draisaitl is the runaway goal-scoring leader in the postseason with 13 — these odds are unbelievably good.

Exact Series Results (FanDuel)

Vegas wins 4-1: +980
Vegas wins 4-2: +590
Vegas wins 4-3: +410
Edmonton wins 4-1: +410
Edmonton wins 4-2: +270
Edmonton wins 4-3: +410

Golden Knights vs. Oilers Game and Series Predictions

Were there impostors wearing Vegas uniforms Saturday? It was a game in which the Knights appeared a step slow, had a bundle of unforced errors, and committed two penalties in the first seven minutes that quickly put them in a 2-0 hole. That’s not how a team that had the fewest penalty minutes in the league usually plays.

Game 2 likely wasn’t a fluke, nor was Edmonton’s 3-0-1 record vs. Vegas this season. The Oilers get to take advantage of a shaken Vegas squad with a Game 3 win. And if that happens, it could be a quit exit for the Knights.

How to Watch Oilers vs. Golden Knights Game 3

Date: Monday, May 8, 2023
Game time: 8:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Where to Watch: ESPN

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