The scene now shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifnal series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Oilers on Monday night.
Edmonton cruised to a 5-1 victory over Vegas in Game 2 on Saturday after a four-goal outburst in the first period. The Oilers netted a pair of early power-play goals and Connor McDavid added a short-handed marker to help them jump out to an early lead and never look back.
The best-of-seven series is now tied at a game apiece heading into action on Monday.
The Oilers are big -175 home favourites on the moneyline and the total is set at 6.5 goals.
Golden Knights vs. Oilers odds
|Oilers Moneyline Odds||-175|
|Golden Knights Moneyline Odds||+155|
|Series odds||Oilers -200, Knights +170|
|Over/Under||6.5 goals (over -135, under +115)|
|Time/Date||Monday, May 8, 8:30 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: CBC (National)|
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Stream: CBC.ca (Free!)
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The Oilers have taken four of the six meetings with the Knights this season and the two teams have combined for a 4-1-1 over/under mark in those matchups.
|May 6, 2023||Vegas||5-1 EDM (-129)||7.0 (under)|
|May 3, 2023||Vegas||6-4 VEG (+105)||6.5 (over)|
|March 28, 2023||Vegas||7-4 EDM (+102)||7.0 (over)|
|March 25, 2023||Edmonton||4-3 (OT) VEG (+171)||7.0 (push)|
|Jan. 14, 2023||Vegas||4-3 EDM (-132)||6.5 (over)|
|Nov. 19, 2022||Edmonton||4-3 (OT) EDM (+110)||6.5 (over)|
About the Golden Knights (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS, 5-2 o/u)
Could we see a change in between the pipes in Game 3?
It’s possible after Laurent Brossoit allowed five goals on 32 shots in Game 2 and had to be relieved by Adin Hill. The loss can’t be entirely tagged on Brossoit, though, as Vegas’ undisciplined play gave Edmonton’s lethal power play five opportunities that resulted in three goals.
Brossoit is projected to still be between the pipes for the Knights, but he may have a short leash on Monday night in a pivotal Game 3.
Player to watch: Ivan Barbashev
Barbashev scored the lone goal for the Knights in Game 2 after netting a pair in Game 1. He now has four goals and two assists in the playoffs and he played a postseason-high 17 minutes in Game 2. Barbashev is +320 to score anytime and +1800 to score the first goal.
About the Oilers (5-3 SU, 3-5 ATS, 5-3 o/u)
Edmonton is averaging 4.25 goals per game to this point in the playoffs thanks to its deadly power play. The Oilers added three more power-play goals to their total in Game 2 and are now 14-for-25 (56%) in the playoffs.
Leon Draisaitl continues to lead the way for the Oilers, scoring goals in five consecutive games to bring his total to 13 in eight postseason games. He’s the first NHL player to score 13 goals in any eight-game span of a single postseason since Jari Kurri in 1985 and the first ever to score six goals through the first two games of a series.
McDavid has recorded a multi-point performance in six straight games, bringing his point totals to five goals and 10 assists in the playoffs.
Player to watch: Evan Bouchard
Bettors that have been backing Bouchard throughout the playoffs are smiling ear to ear right now. The pointman has collected 14 points during an eight-game playoffs point streak, and 12 of those points have come while he’s quarterbacking the team’s red-hot power play. Bouchard is -200 to record at least a point, -130 to record a power-play point, and -130 to record an assist.
Vegas: Laurent Brossoit (5-2, 3.13 GAA, .896 SV%) -confirmed.
Edmonton: Stuart Skinner (4-3, 3.32 GAA, .895 SV%) – unconfirmed.
Oilers centre Mattias Janmark (upper body) is questionable. Vegas has no new injuries to report.
- The road team is 4-1 in the past five meetings.
- The underdog is 8-3 in the past 11 meetings.
- The over is 4-1 in the Oilers’ last five games and 5-2 in the Golden Knights’ last seven.
Wagers to consider
- How can you not back Draisaitl to continue his historic playoff scoring pace in this one? The value isn’t great, though, at -125 to score. He’s also +425 to score two or more goals, or +200 to net three or more.
- Mark Stone over 0.5 assists: +110. Stone has recorded an assist in six straight games and he has seven total in the playoffs.