Golden Knights Playoff Hopes on Ice Saturday in Edmonton

NHL Apr 15, 2022

“Big game for both sides and we’re back in our building (nine wins in the last 10 games) where we’ve done a good job for the last month or so. We’re making it a tough place to play."

-- Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Regular season games don't get much better than Saturday afternoon's showdown in Edmonton.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights (41-29-5) take on the Edmonton Oilers (43-26-6).

These two Pacific Division rivals have been hot lately, posting identical 7-2-1 marks over the last ten-game stretch.

This showdown is the ultimate four-pointer, with the Oilers currently five points ahead of Las Vegas (92-87) in the scramble for playoff spots. Both teams have seven games remaining.

The Golden Knights are really with their backs to the wall. Even thought they whipped first-place Calgary two nights ago, Las Vegas is still on the outside of the playoff race looking in. Nashville, Dallas, and Los Angeles all hold a points advantage. But that could also change if the Golden Knights stay hot.

Puck drop is Saturday at 2:00 pm MST. offers the following odds:

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We like the way the Golden Knights have been playing lately, but this final outcome may come down to goaltending.

It appears that Mike Smith will get the start for the Oilers who is fresh off his 43rd career shutout in Nashville Thursday night. Smith has five straight wins and is 7-2-0 in his last nine starts.

Meanwhile, rookie Logan Thompson, the undrafted farm team goalie with 13 games will be in net for Las Vegas because veteran Robin Lehner has returned home due to a personal matter.

We have to lay a price with Edmonton which we think is justified given how the Oilers are playing.