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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 6 Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (3-2) at Edmonton Oilers (2-3)

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 RESULT VGK GOALS VGK GOALIE EDM GOALIE
May 3 Vegas 6, Edmonton 4 49(2), 22, 61, 20, 9 Brossoit Skinner
May 6 Vegas 1, Edmonton 5 49 Brossoit/Hill Skinner
May 8 Vegas 5, Edmonton 1 81(2), 2, 9, 20 Brossoit/Hill Skinner/Campbell
May 10 Vegas 1, Edmonton 4 10 Hill Skinner
May 12 Vegas 4, Edmonton 3 9, 61, 19, 14 Hill Skinner/Campbell

DATE OPPONENT TIME (PT) TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
May 14 at Edmonton Oilers 7 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 16* vs. Edmonton Oilers 6 p.m. TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
*If Necessary

Round 2 Game 5 Recap
May 12 – Vegas Golden Knights 4, Edmonton Oilers 3
The Vegas Golden Knights earned their third win of the second round as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, on Friday night at TMobile Arena and Vegas now leads the series, 3-2. The Oilers got on the board first as Connor McDavid found the back of the net on an early power play. Just 50 seconds later, Jack Eichel converted on a loose puck in front of the Edmonton net to tie the game at 1-1. Zach Hyman added a power-play goal midway through the frame and the Oilers took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Vegas exploded for three goals in 1:29 as Mark Stone, Reilly Smith, and Nicolas Hague all found the back of the net in quick succession. The Golden Knights took the 4-2 lead into the third period, but McDavid struck again early in the frame to cut the advantage to 4-3. Vegas locked Edmonton out in the final minutes to claim the 4-3 victory and move to just one win away from reaching the Western Conference Final.

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)

Date Location Result Goaltenders GWG
Nov. 19 Edmonton Vegas 3, Edmonton 4 OT Adin Hill (VGK) // Stuart Skinner (EDM) Connor McDavid (EDM)
Jan. 14 Vegas Vegas 3, Edmonton 4 Logan Thompson (VGK) // Jack Campbell (EDM) Klim Kostin (EDM)
Mar. 25 Edmonton Vegas 4, Edmonton 3 OT Laurent Brossoit (VGK) // Stuart Skinner (EDM) Nicolas Roy (VGK)
Mar. 28 Vegas Vegas 4, Edmonton 7 Jonathan Quick/Laurent Brossoit (VGK) // Stuart Skinner (EDM) Evander Kane (EDM)

First Responders
Four times in this series – and all in Vegas wins – the Golden Knights have scored a goal within two minutes of an Edmonton goal. Another three Golden Knights goals have come within a minute of a goal of their own, meaning that seven of 17 Vegas goals in the series have come within two minutes of a previous goal.

Rebounders
Vegas is 5-3 this postseason when its opponent scores first, as Edmonton has in each of the first five games in this series. That’s two more wins in that situation than any other team this playoffs and nearly has many wins as the franchise had in its first four playoff appearances when its opponent scored first (7-20 entering these playoffs).

Track Record
Vegas is 2-4 all-time in Game 6, with both wins coming when leading the series, 3-2. The Golden Knights are 4-1 in series when holding a 3-2 lead.

Magic number
Vegas is 39-3 all-time when scoring at least three goals in the playoffs, including wins in each of the last 27 such instances. In both losses this series the Golden Knights have been held to a single goal.

EDMONTON OILERS NOTES:

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS vs. VEGAS GP RECORD HOME AWAY GF GA
OILERS ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS vs. VEGAS 5 2-3 1-1 1-2 13 16
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 leads the Oilers with nine career playoff points against the Golden Knights and Evander Kane has played in a career high 17 postseason games against Vegas.

OPENING SCORING
Nick Bjugstad recorded his 3rd goal of the postseason in game four (6th career playoff goal) in the first period. He scored Edmonton’s 8th game opening goal of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying the Kraken for the most among all teams. The Oilers own a 5-3 record in this scenario.

1ST PERIOD SCORING
With two goals first period goals in game five against Vegas, the Oilers maintain their NHL lead in first period goals in the postseason (21). (2nd Seattle Kraken- 11) The Oilers have also scored first in all 5 games of this series.

PHYSICAL EFFORT
The Oilers recorded 50 hits in game 3, while the Golden Knights had 25. The Oilers had 17 different players contribute at least one hit.

POWER PLAY PROWESS
The Oilers’ power play is 18/38 in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ranking 1st amongst all playoff teams with a percentage of 47.4%. The Oilers went 3/6 on the powerplay in game two and are 9/2 in the second round against Vegas. Leon Draisaitl has scored three power play goals in the second round and has a playoff leading six power play goals. The Oilers became the 6th team since 2000 to score at least one power play goal in each of their first seven games of a postseason. They joined the Blues (8 GP in 2022 & 7 GP in 2000), Flyers (7 GP in 2012), Penguins (7 GP in 2008), Senators (7 GP in 2007). Edmonton 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).

LAST 10 GAMES vs. VEGAS
Record: 6-3-1
GF: 39 GA: 31
*2022-23 5/12/23 @ VGK 4-3 L
*2022-23 5/10/23 @ EDM 4-1 W
*2022-23 5/8/23 @ EDM 5-1 L
*2022-23 5/6/23 @ VGK 5-1 W
*2022-23 5/3/23 @ VGK 6-4 L
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
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