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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 1 Preview: Edmonton Oilers (0-0) at Vegas Golden Knights (0-0)

EDMONTON OILERS NOTES:

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS vs. VEGAS GP RECORD HOME (26) AWAY (21) GF GA
OILERS ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS vs. VEGAS 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
OILERS vs. VEGAS – 2022-23 4 3-0-1 1-0-1 2-0-0 18 14

QUICK FACTS
• The second round matchup against the Golden Knights marks the first time these two franchises have met in the postseason.

• Edmonton owns an all-time series record of 10-6 in its first head-to-head playoff round with a franchise, while Vegas is 7-3.

• Edmonton’s matchup against Vegas marks the 16th time they have advanced past the opening round in franchise history.

• Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl lead the Oilers with 24 career points against the Golden Knights and Evander Kane has played in a career high 21 games against Vegas, including 12 playoff games registering five points (2G, 3A).

POWER PLAY PROWESS
The Oilers’ power play is 9/16 in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ranking 1 st amongst all playoff teams with a percentage of 56.3%. The Oilers recorded the 3rd most power play goals in a single playoff series, in franchise history (1987 Smythe Division Semi vs Jets & 1992 Smythe Division Semi vs Kings – 10)

COMEBACK OILERS
The Oilers overcame a three goal deficit in game 4 to beat the Kings 5-4 in overtime. They have overcome a three-goal deficit four times in postseason history with the most recent instance coming during Game 3 of the 1997 Conference Quarterfinal versus Dallas

LAST 10 GAMES vs. VEGAS
Record: 6-2-2
GF: 32 GA: 29
2022-23 3/28/23 @ VGK 7-4 W
2022-23 3/25/23 @ EDM 4-3 L (OT)
2022-23 1/14/23 @ VGK 4-3 W
2022-23 11/19/22 @ EDM 4-3 W (OT)
2021-22 4/16/22 @ EDM 4-0 W
2021-22 2/8/22 @ EDM 4-0 L
2021-22 11/27/21 @ VGK 3-2 W
2021-22 10/22/21 @ VGK 5-4 W
2019-20 3/9/20 @ EDM 3-2 L (OT)
2019-20 2/26/20 @ VGK 3-0 L

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

2023 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – SECOND ROUND – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS. EDMONTON OILERS
Golden Knights 2022-23 Regular Season Record: 51-22-9, 111 points (25-15-1 at Home, 26-7-8 on Road)

DATE OPPONENT TIME (PT) TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
May 3 vs. Edmonton Oilers 6:30 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 6 vs. Edmonton Oilers 4 p.m. TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 8 at Edmonton Oilers 5:30 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 10 at Edmonton Oilers 7 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 12* vs. Edmonton Oilers TBD TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 14* at Edmonton Oilers TBD TBD Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 16* vs. Edmonton Oilers TBD TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
*If Necessary

VGK/EDM – Regular Season Recap
The Vegas Golden Knights held a 1-2-1 record against the Edmonton Oilers in the 2022-23 regular season. In both of the first two matchups of the season, Vegas fell 4-3 to Edmonton, as the first contest saw a two-goal performance from Mark Stone send the Golden Knights into overtime where Connor McDavid gave Edmonton the game-winner. In their third meeting of the season, the Golden Knights battled back and forth with the Oilers and entered overtime for the second time in the season series. Nicolas Roy made the clutch play to give Vegas its first win of the series, 4-3 in the extra frame in Edmonton. In the final meeting of the season three days later in Vegas, things began with another back and forth start, but the Oilers pulled away, 7-4.

2022-23 Season EDM Series: 1-2-1 (Home: 1-1-0, Road: 0-1-1)

Middle Frame Magic
In the regular season, the Golden Knights were at their weakest offensively in the second period, outscoring their opponents 85 to 82. Since entering the postseason, Vegas is ranked second in the NHL in second-period goals with 10 of its 19 playoff tallies coming in the middle frame and limiting its opponent to three.

In the Winning Business
Vegas (42-29 in 71 GP) has a postseason winning percentage of .592, the highest among all NHL franchises. The Golden Knights became the fourth club in League history to reach 40 postseason victories in 70 games or fewer, following the Oilers (40-19 in 59 GP), Ducks (40-28 in 68 GP) and Islanders (40-28 in 68 GP).

Rulers of the Realm
For the third time in six seasons, the Golden Knights finished first in the Pacific Division (2017-18, 2019-20 previously) and entered the postseason as the number one seed in the Western Conference for the first time.

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