The Vegas Golden Knights continue to go from strength to strength, Gerard Gallant’s side are on a two game winning streak after winning nine of their previous 10 National Hockey League fixtures. It may be their maiden season in the league but Vegas are showing no signs of fear and a first Stanley Cup victory could be on the cards this campaign.
At the time of writing, only the Tampa Bay Lightning have won more games (31) than the Golden Knights (29) this season and all of the statistics point towards a home triumph. With 143 goals scored and 113 conceded, their +30 difference is one of the best in the NHL.
But then we have the Edmonton Oilers. The visitors have lost three on the spin and it would take a brave man to back against Vegas here. Todd McLellan’s side are struggling to inspire confidence and on current form, the Oilers will find it very difficult indeed at one of the most imposing venues in ice hockey.
Golden Knights: The Winning Formula?
Last time we spoke about the Golden Knights, we mentioned their working formula and it is still working. Vegas are pulling away at the top of the Pacific Division, much to the dismay of Los Angeles Kings fans. With 29 outright wins in 41 games, the Golden Knights have been a class above their divisional opponents and the 25/1 available from Bet365 for a Vegas Stanley Cup win is exceptional value given their regular season dominance.
Backing against the Golden Knights on current form would be foolish to say the least. You could argue that Vegas are riding high on confidence but that is not a problem – when you are winning matches, that is the most important objective. Keep an eye on Vegas for the remainder of the campaign – they will take some stopping in the playoffs if they manage to maintain this momentum.
KEY MAN: Jonathan Marchessault. Now on 40 points after 38 games, Marchessault is still up there with the best players in the National Hockey League. A true inspiration for Vegas for the most part of the campaign, he has notched at least one point in each of his last two outings and could be set for another huge performance when the Oilers visit this weekend.
Edmonton Oilers Going Backwards
The Oilers are in dire need of a confidence boosting run but it is hard to envision a change in fortune for Edmonton. Backing against the Golden Knights would be unwise and it is almost impossible to place too much faith in the Oilers. McLellan knows that his side have plenty of potential but they are still some way from competing at ice hockey’s top table.
KEY MAN: Connor McDavid. A genuine contender for the MVP award, McDavid has bagged 48 points in his 44 outings this year – an incredible return, especially considering how the Oilers have struggled. His tally of 33 assists show that he can be a team player whilst 15 goals proves his worth on an individual basis. If he plays well, Edmonton could shock the NHL world…
This one could be very one sided. Vegas are the more complete outfit and momentum could prove huge in determining the outcome. If the Oilers take a surprise lead, you can see their opponents bouncing back but if the Golden Knights get in front, it could be curtains for the visitors. Edmonton are in a bad way and that won’t be changing here – Vegas are far too strong.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5-2 OILERS