The Vegas Golden Knights, the top-seeded team in the NHL’s Western Conference, will be looking to go up 2-0 in their best-of-seven second-round series against the Edmonton Oilers when play resumes on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The Knights beat Edmonton 6-4 on Wednesday night despite yielding four goals to Oilers center Leon Draisaitl. It was Vegas’ fifth consecutive victory in the postseason, the longest current stretch for any team.
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 odds are available at DraftKings.
Both teams came in well-rested, with Vegas having five days off since dispatching Winnipeg in five games in the first round and Edmonton having three days off after ousting Los Angeles in six. Now the teams will get two more days off before battling in Game 2.
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 Betting Lines & Series Price
Edmonton, which finished two points behind Vegas for the top spot in the Pacific Division, opened as a -150 pick to win this series, but now Vegas is the favorite (-140 DraftKings). The Oilers are available at +128 (FanDuel).
That’s quite a change for an Edmonton squad that entered Wednesday’s play as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Now they are the fourth choice at +550 (DraftKings, FanDuel) with Vegas on top at +475 (DraftKings). Only 14 days earlier, the Knights had odds of +1800, ranking ninth.
As for Saturday’s game, the Oilers are the favorite at -118 (FanDuel). In Wednesday’s opener, the Oilers were at -110.
The numbers often vary from site to site on wagering boards including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet, so it would be wise for bettors to check out the different offerings in an attempt to secure the best odds.
Included below are the current numbers for Oilers vs. Golden Knights action.
Oilers’ Draisaitl Almost Perfect
– Center Leon Draisaitl scored his four goals on only five shots on Wednesday. His teammates went a combined 0-for-22. It was the first time since a day earlier that a player scored four goals in a playoff game when Dallas’ Joe Pavelski did so in a 5-4 loss to Seattle.
– Draisaitl’s performance was the first time an Oilers player had four goals in a playoff game since Jari Kurri did so in 1987. There have been five instances in league history in which a player scored five, with Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux the last to do it in 1989.
– Center Mattias Janmark is listed as day-to-day after falling awkwardly into the boards in Game 1. Penalty-killing center Derek Ryan is expected back Saturday after sitting out with an illness Wednesday.
From Waiver Wire to Starting Netminder
– Goalie Laurent Brossoit has won his past five starts since a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg in the opener of Round 1. Not bad for a nine-year career backup who was put on waivers by the Golden Knights on Nov. 10 soon after recovering from hip surgery.
– Vegas is one of three teams alive in the playoffs that hasn’t won a Stanley Cup, the others being Seattle and Florida. All three currently have 1-0 series leads.
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Betting Trends
Here we have included some Oilers vs. Golden Knights betting trends.
– Wednesday’s loss was Edmonton’s seventh in a row to open a series dating to 2020. After the previous six Game 1 defeats, the Oilers rebounded to win four times, including the past three.
– In Game 1, Edmonton lost in regulation for the first time in 22 games.
– Edmonton had a league-high 89 power-play goals in the regular season and a 32.4 percent success rate with the man advantage, which was tops in the league by more than 6 percent. In the playoffs, they are even more efficient, with 11 power-play scores on 19 opportunities (57.9 percent).
– The Knights have a playoff scoring average of 4.17 a game, tops among the 16 playoff teams. The Oilers are next at 4.14.
– In the regular season, Vegas was last in penalty minutes with 589, which equates to 7.2 a game. In Game 1, they had eight, but still yielded two power-play goals.
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Prop Bets
If you have scanned the Oilers vs. Golden Knights odds and are still looking for more action, consider the following prop bets.
The home team wins each of the seven games in the series (+3100, FanDuel). With Vegas 3-1 at home in the postseason and Edmonton 2-1, these odds aren’t bad. And it’s not like the home team winning all seven hasn’t happened before. Last season, Carolina ousted Boston in the first round with the home squad going 7-0.
Exact Series Results (FanDuel)
Vegas wins 4-0: +880
Vegas wins 4-1: +440
Vegas wins 4-2: +490
Vegas wins 4-3: +430
Edmonton wins 4-1: +920
Edmonton wins 4-2: +440
Edmonton wins 4-3: +440
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 and Series Prediction
There’s chatter among analysts, including those at the NHL Network, that league-scoring leader Connor McDavid “isn’t 100 percent.” Online stories mention he was seen favoring his left leg in a recent practice session.
If that is indeed true, the Oilers could be in trouble if he plays reduced minutes or has to sit out. In Game 1, however, he had more than 24 minutes of ice time and two assists.
Regardless, the Knights appeared more energized in Game 1 than they did at any time in their five games against the Jets and that should carry over to Saturday night in front of the home crowd.
The choice here is Vegas to win the game and win the series, which could well go the distance.
How to Watch Game 2 Oilers vs. Golden Knights
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Game time: 7 p.m. EDT
Location: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas, Nevada