The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, looking to beat them for the first time in four games. The NHL lines favor host Edmonton, which has won five straight games. But Vegas has won six straight road games in spite of its myriad of injuries. The Golden Knights have been profitable on the road for folks betting online and they look to keep it that way.
Vegas Wins as Visitor or Underdog
Simply put, Vegas has been one of the best road teams to bet online. Vegas is 23-12 (23-7-5) as a visitor and has wins over Calgary and Carolina as underdogs. The team’s backers would be up nearly nine units had they kept betting one unit on Vegas with each road game. That’s a mark trumped by only two teams in the NHL.
And as an underdog, not many teams are better than Vegas, either. The Knights are 12-10 as one. They are usually lined as one thanks to their many injuries. On top of four of their goaltenders being hurt, Vegas is also missing Mark Stone (back), Reilly Smith (lower body) and William Carrier (lower body).
Many Knights have stepped up in their absence. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has 12 points in his last eight games. And Jonathan Quick, a former rival with Los Angeles, has filled in nicely in net: 5-1-0 with a save percentage of 92 percent on even strength. If Vegas can amend its iffy penalty kill (77.7 percent on the road), it will be tough to beat.
With tonight’s win, Jonathan Quick moves to second all-time for most wins by a U.S. born goaltender! 👏
Congrats, Quickie!!! 😁 pic.twitter.com/7S2EiydF8T
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 22, 2023
Oilers Getting It Done Both Ways
Connor McDavid keeps making NHL records. Now with 60+ goals, McDavid has the Oilers running over teams with their unstoppable offense. And it gets even hotter at home. Edmonton is scoring five goals a game at Rogers Place and is unbeaten there (6-0) in March.
While McDavid and the Oilers continue to torch teams on the power play at 25.9 percent in this span, Edmonton has also dominated on 5-on-5 play. The elephant in the room is the team’s goaltending. The Oilers allowed just three goals or fewer twice in this home streak, mainly out of limiting opponents’ scoring chances.
Edmonton held teams to an average of 27 shots per game, which is the seventh-best mark among home teams this month. Stuart Skinner struggles in net at times, but if he can recapture his All-Star form, the Oilers should be NHL picks to contend.
Golden Knights vs Oilers Game Injuries
Golden Knights vs Oilers Head-to-Head
Edmonton is 6-4 (6-3-1) in its last 10 games against Vegas. The total has gone under in seven of these games thanks to stellar penalty-killing on both fronts. Only one power-play goal was scored between them in their last 20 tries (last five games).
Golden Knights vs Oilers Game Information
- Game: Golden Knights (45-21-6) vs Oilers (41-23-8)
- Day/Time: Saturday, March 25, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
- Golden Knights vs Oilers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Golden Knights vs Oilers Betting Lines
Golden Knights vs Oilers Picks and Prediction
While McDavid continues making NHL news for his offensive exploits, the Oilers meet their match in Vegas’ defense. The Knights give up just 2.7 goals on the road. This team is often underestimated but continues to play better than the sum of its parts. Edmonton will score but Vegas will edge them.
Edmonton is listed at -175 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Oilers, you have a chance to win $57. Vegas is +155, offering a chance to win $155 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Edmonton a 63.64% chance to win, with the Golden Knights at 39.22%.