Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Preview/Player Prop
22 October 2021
The NHL season is off to a fast start, and the schedule is once again loaded with matchups on Friday night. The Vegas Golden Knights host the Edmonton Oilers in one of those matchups, and this is a potential playoff preview.
Edmonton has been the best team in hockey through the first few games, posting a perfect 4-0 record. The Oilers have been a constant presence in the postseason over the past few seasons, but they are still looking to take the next step.
Things have not gone well for Vegas to begin the 2021 season as they are just 1-2 on the year. The Golden Knights are still expected to be a contender to win the Western Conference, and they will figure things out.
The Vegas Golden Knights are the moneyline betting favorites for this game at -139 over the Edmonton Oilers.
Dynamic Duo Powering the Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are scoring 4.5 goals per game this season, and they have been able to overwhelm their opponents this season. Edmonton has a pair of superstars in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and both players have been terrific to begin the year.
McDavid leads the Oilers with six goals through four games, and he has also chipped in with five assists. Draisaitl has a team-high six assists, and these players give teams a ton of problems when they are on the ice.
Defense has been an issue at times for the Oilers, but they are giving up just 2.5 goals per game this season.
Golden Knights Are Banged Up
The Golden Knights have a very deep and talented team, but a few of their biggest stars are currently dealing with some injuries. Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone continue to lead this team, but their status for their game is up in the air.
Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with three points, and Stone has three assists to lead Vegas. This team will need some other players to step up on Friday night, especially if the two biggest stars are unable to go.
Robin Lehner has made all three starts in net for the Golden Knights, and things have not gone well to begin the season. Vegas is giving up 4.0 goals per game, and they are going to have to be better defensively in this matchup.
Oilers Blow Out Golden Knights
Edmonton has been an explosive team in each of the last few seasons, but they are taking things to another level this season. The Oilers are coming into Vegas with a ton of momentum, and picking up a win over the Golden Knights would be a huge confidence-building win.
Vegas has gotten off to a slow start in 2021, and it’s hard to see the Golden Knights turning things around in this one. The Golden Knights have had a tough time scoring goals, and that’s going to be a major problem in this one.
Edmonton is cruising, heading into Friday night, and they will take control of this one early for another easy win.
Bet the Edmonton Oilers -2.5 on Friday night as they beat the Vegas Golden Knights by three goals to stay undefeated.
Leon Draisaitl (+125) To Score A Goal
The Oilers kept their perfect 3-0-0 start intact on Tuesday with a wild come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Anaheim. And it was no surprise that Draisaitl was right in the middle of the offensive explosion.
The 25-year-old center picked up his first two goals of the season and added two assists in the win. The outburst gave him eight points overall in the young season, including a league-high six assists.
The league-leader in points in 2019-20 with 110, including 43 goals, Draisaitl had 84 points last year in just 56 games, including a league-leading 15 power play goals.
With Vegas struggling on the defensive end right now – 12 goals allowed in three games; -5 differential – we’ll take Draisaitl (+125) to stay hot and pick up a goal tonight against the Golden Knights.
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