A trip to Las Vegas is usually an exciting development – but the Edmonton Oilers are in no mood to party as they look to halt an extended slump against the incredible Golden Knights. The Oilers came into the season as a Stanley Cup contender, but would be fortunate to even make the playoffs with losses in seven of their last nine games. Vegas entered as one of the league’s longest shots – and now have the best odds of any Western Conference team.
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Betting Analysis
Despite coming off a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes a night earlier, the Oilers are big underdogs against a Golden Knights team that has reeled off 11 wins in its past 12 games against Pacific Division opponents. Edmonton has won just 23 of its past 89 games on zero days rest, including a 1-2-1 record so far this season. Vegas, meanwhile, has won six consecutive Saturday games and is 4-1 in its last five games on three days’ rest.
From a totals perspective, both teams are trending toward the under despite the Oilers’ over result Friday night. Edmonton has gone below the total in five of its previous seven games and is 2-5 O/U in its last seven vs. Western Conference opponents. The Golden Knights, despite being one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL, have played to the under in six of their last eight games and are 1-4 in their last five against West foes.
Talk about an interesting way to spend your 21st birthday. That’s what Connor McDavid gets to look forward to Saturday night – but while most visitors to Vegas have other things on their minds for that special milestone, the Oilers captain has work to do. Specifically, he’ll look to invigorate an offence that has produced no more than one goal in five of its last seven games. The Oilers have also dropped four consecutive games against teams with winning records.
Vegas Golden Knights
You can draw your own conclusions as to why the Golden Knights have been such a tough out at home, but we’re well past the point where it could be considered a fluke. They’re at a plus-32 goal differential through their first 21 games at T-Mobile Arena; that plus-1.52 average home goal margin ranks second to the Winnipeg Jets. It’s a major reason why expansion Vegas is installed at a once-unfathomable +700 on the NHL odds board to win the Stanley Cup.
Oilers vs. Golden Knights Prediction