Golden Knights vs Oilers Prediction Game 1 NHL Playoffs 5/3

Golden Knights vs Oilers Prediction Game 1 NHL Playoffs 5/3

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Preview

The second round of the NHL playoffs is upon us, and the Edmonton Oilers will face off against the Vegas Golden Knights in the West 2nd Round Game 1. The game will take place on May 3, 2023, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.

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First-Round Performances

The Golden Knights dominated the first round of the playoffs, sweeping the Winnipeg Jets in four games. They scored an average of 4.5 goals per game while allowing an average of 2.25 goals per game. The Oilers, on the other hand, faced a tough challenge from the Los Angeles Kings, winning the series in six games. They scored an average of 3.83 goals per game and allowed an average of 3.67 goals per game.

 

Offense and Defense

Both teams have strong offenses, but the Golden Knights have the edge when it comes to defense. The Golden Knights have scored an average of 3.26 goals per game while allowing an average of 2.74 goals per game. The Oilers have scored an average of 3.96 goals per game and allowed an average of 3.12 goals per game.

 

Goaltender Comparison

When it comes to goaltenders, the Golden Knights have a slight edge. Their goaltender, L. Thompson, is out due to injury, but they have two solid options in J. Quick and L. Brossoit. Quick has won 16 games and has a save percentage of .882, while Brossoit has won seven games and has a save percentage of .927. The Oilers' goaltender, S. Skinner, has won 29 games and has a save percentage of .914.

 

Injuries

Both teams have players who are listed as day-to-day. Mattias Janmark, a center for the Oilers, is listed as day-to-day, while Logan Thompson, a goaltender for the Golden Knights, is out due to injury.

 

Prediction

Based on their dominant performance in the first round, the Golden Knights are likely to continue their winning streak in game 1 against the Oilers. Their strong defense and solid goaltending give them the edge over the Oilers, who have struggled defensively throughout the playoffs.

Furthermore, the Golden Knights have the advantage of playing at home, where they have won 25 games this season. In contrast, the Oilers have won 27 games on the road.

 

Pick: Golden Knights ML +100

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