2021-11-28
Edmonton Oilers
Vegas Golden Knights
League : NHL

Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction & Preview



 

 

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 The Edmonton Oilers face the Vegas Golden Knights with both teams off to great starts to the season. The Oilers have won 14 of their first 19 games while the Golden Knights have won 12 of their 20 games to start the season. Both teams are looking to finish near the top of the Western Conference and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.

 

Oilers offense is one of the best in the NHL

The Oilers are off to a strong start to the season led by an offense that is scoring 3.79 goals per game. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have combined for 34 goals and 42 assists as two of the best scorers in the NHL but the rest of the forward unit has also been finding the back of the net this season. Zach Hyman, Jesse Puljujarvi, and Zack Kassian have combined for 18 goals and 19 assists while defensemen Tyson Barrie and Evan Bouchard have combined for five goals and 16 assists to open up the offense from the point.

 

 

 

The offense is one of the best in the NHL but the defense has struggled, allowing 3.00 goals per game. Evan Bouchard and Darnell Nurse have combined for 2.3 defensive point shares and 51 blocked shots but the rest of the unit has struggled and the hope is that the later defensive pairings can step up. In addition, goaltender Mikko Koskinen has struggled as the starter with a .908 save percentage and a 2.97 goals-against average on 359 shots.

 

Golden Knights offense has led the way this season

The Golden Knights are playing great to start the season led by an offense that is scoring 3.15 goals per game. Jonathan Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson, and Reilly Smith have combined for 24 goals and 22 assists to form a great top line but the offense is also getting great play from the point with some of the league's best scoring defensemen. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Nicolas Hague, and Shea Theodore have combined for 10 goals and 20 assists to create shots through traffic and open up the offense, making the Golden Knights tough to stop.

 

 

 

The offense has led the way but the defense has struggled, allowing 3.05 goals per game. Alex Pietrangelo, Nicolas Hague, and Shea Theodore have combined for 2.4 defensive point shares and 98 blocked shots but the backend of the defensive unit has struggled and has allowed opponents to find open shots on the net. Additionally, goaltender Robin Lehner has struggled as the starter with a .913 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average on 531 shots.







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