Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights Matchup Preview

T-Mobile Arena is playing host a Pacific Division showdown as the Edmonton Oilers pay a visit to the first-year Vegas Golden Knights. The match gets started at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, and fans at home can catch it live on CBC Sports.

Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

The Golden Knights are 29-12 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 21.6 units this year. Among the teams 41 games this season, 23 have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 18-3 SU at home this season.

Vegas has converted on 18.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.

Vegas, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over its last five outings. The teams had to defend opposition power plays for just 5.7 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.

Sporting a .945 save percentage and 30.3 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (9-3-1) has been the top option in goal for the Golden Knights this year. If the Knights choose to give him the evening off, however, the team could turn to Malcolm Subban (12-2-2 record, .918 save percentage, 2.38 goals against average).

The Knights will continue looking for leadership out of Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Marchessault (40 points) is up to 16 goals and 24 assists and has recorded multiple points in 12 different games this year. Karlsson has 22 goals and 14 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 23 games.

Over on the other bench, Edmonton is 19-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 45 regular season outings, 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team so far, Edmonton is 10-13 SU.

Edmonton has converted on just 15.8 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places it in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 71.6 percent of all penalties.

Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.7 per game over their past ten games. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot (3.15 goals against average and .900 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 25.8 saves per game and has 16 wins, 19 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.

Connor McDavid (15 goals, 35 assists) has been one of the most vital playmaking threats for the visiting Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone under in three of Vegas last five games
  • Extra-man opportunities may prove to be extremely important in tonight’s game. The Oilers are 9-5 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 13-17 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Golden Knights are 11-4 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 21-9 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 1-1 in shootouts.
  • One of the best at creating pressure on their opponents, Vegas is ranked 1st in the NHL with 11.9 takeaways per game. That figures trended higher recently, as it has created 13.5 takeaways over its last 10 games and 13.2 takeaways over its last five.
  • Edmonton is ranked 11th in the NHL this season with 7.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as the team has created 6.4 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.4 takeaways over its last five.