When you have an 82-game season to manage, it’s often more about how a team finishes the year than how they start it. Getting off to a slow start is never good, as it’s always tough to play from behind the 8-ball, but a late season push very often bleeds on over into the playoffs, with teams getting on a run of momentum that becomes very tough to slow down. You need only look at what the St. Louis Blues did last season for proof of that. This was a team that was dead last in the conference at one point before coming almost unstoppable in the second half and the playoffs. The end result for the Blues was a Stanley Cup, so you can bet that teams that are going well right now are looking to replicate that success. The Vegas Golden Knights are going very strong at the moment and could very well come close to clinching the Pacific Division if they can take out the Edmonton Oilers on the road on Monday night. The Oilers need a win to keep the pressure on the Golden Knights at the top. The Oilers are favored by 1 ½ on home ice, with the goal total set at 6. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Golden Knights vs Oilers.
Golden Knights vs Oilers 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
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Why bet on the Vegas Golden Knights
There was a long period of the season where the Pacific Division was essentially a 5-horse battle for first place. No team seemed capable of putting together a run that could blow the divisional race wide open, but the Vegas Golden Knights eventually became that team. They are coming into this one having gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, a run that has taken them to 38-28-4 on the season, which has them 2 points up on the Oilers at the top. Vegas and Edmonton have split their season series thus far, although both games were played in Vegas. On the road this season, the Golden Knights are 16-13-4, which includes a 5-3 win over Calgary last night.
- Goals: 3.2
- Shots: 34.31
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.69
- Goals: 2.99
- Shots: 29.41
- PP/PK Percentage: 23.47
Why bet on the Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are doing a good job of keeping pace with the Golden Knights at the top of the Pacific Division, and while they are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, 4 of those wins have come in their last 5 outings. It’s always good to be on home ice for a game of this magnitude, but the Oilers actually have a better road record this season, picking up 20 wins on the road versus 17 at home, with their overall home record sitting at 17-10-5. The Oilers, though, have win 8 of their last 12 games on home ice, although they are just 13-19 ATS in their own building. We tend to see goals when Edmonton plays a divisional rival, with 6 of their last 9 games against teams from the Pacific Division going OVER.
- Goals: 3.2
- Shots: 29.54
- PP/PK Percentage: 29.5
- Goals: 3.04
- Shots: 31.84
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.15
Golden Knights vs Oilers NHL Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vegas’ last 6 games.
- Vegas are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games.
- Vegas are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against Edmonton.
- Vegas are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games this season.
- Vegas are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the Western Conference conference.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 6 games.
- Edmonton are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 5 games against Vegas.
- Edmonton are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games at home.
- Edmonton are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games this season.
Golden Knights vs Oilers Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It is never easy to play back to back games on the road, with that swing through Alberta always being particularly tough. With that in mind, I like the Oilers to come up with the win in their own building on Monday night.
Vegas Golden Knights 3 Edmonton Oilers 4