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NHL Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (14-5-3) at Edmonton Oilers (7-12-1)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

AGAINST THE OILERS

The Vegas Golden Knights will face the Edmonton Oilers for the first time this season after eliminating the Oilers in the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was first time in franchise history that Vegas and Edmonton faced off in the postseason. In a back and forth series, Vegas was victorious in Game 1, seeing scoring from five different skaters to overpower Leon Draisaitl’s four-goal contest. Edmonton took Game 2 for Vegas to hit the road with the series tied 1-1. Adin Hill stepped in net 12 minutes into Game 3 in relief of Laurent Brossoit due to injury to earn his first-career playoff victory. Both teams continued to battle in Edmonton as the Golden Knights split the road trip, but outscored the Oilers 6-5. Vegas’ three goal period in Game 5 propelled the Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory to regain their series lead and put themselves one win away from advancing. In Vegas’ 5-2 win over Edmonton in Game 6, all five goals were scored by original members of the Golden Knights. Vegas got on the board and opened the scoring 24 seconds into regulation. In the second period, it was all Jonathan Marchessault as the forward netted three goals for the natural hat trick to send Vegas ahead, 4-2, into the final period. Then, William Karlsson was able to give the Golden Knights some insurance when he skated the puck to the empty net to make the final score, 5-2. In the 2022-23 regular season, Vegas held a 1-3-0 record against Edmonton with its lone victory coming on the road in overtime. Three of the clubs’ four meetings ended with a 4-3 result during the 2022-23 regular season. The Golden Knights own an 8-9-2 record against the Oilers in 19 meetings including a 4-4-1 standing when playing at Rogers Place.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Golden Knights will continue on their trip in Western Canada for two more contests on the road after playing their first home game in two weeks on Saturday night. At the end of November, Vegas will have played nine of its 14 games this month on the road.

THE BACK-TO-BACKS

Vegas dropped its first meeting with Calgary in the opening game of their fourth back-to-back this season. So far this season, Vegas is 1-0-3 in the first game of a doubleheader and 1-2-0 in the second game. The Golden Knights have three back-to-backs in November, and this week’s matchup with Calgary and Edmonton is the third of the month.

THE BEST IN THE WEST

Vegas remains the number one team in the Western Conference with 31 points, followed closely by Los Angeles and Vancouver with 29 points each. The Golden Knights are 11-3-2 against Western Conference opponents this season and will meet two more on this road trip in Edmonton and Vancouver. Vegas’ 11 victories against the West are the most by a team against any conference this season (VAN, 10-4-0 ; LAK, 6-2-1 against Western Conference).

ROUGH N’ ROWDY

The Golden Knights are tied with Anaheim for second in the NHL in hits this season with 416 through 22 games, behind only Vancouver (420). Keegan Kolesar’s 70 hits also rank second among all skaters in the NHL this season. Vegas stands third in blocked shots with 407 and are led by Brayden McNabb (73), who sits atop the NHL.

EDMONTON OILERS NOTES:

ALL-TIME RECORDS vs. VEGAS GP RECORD GF GA HOME (9) AWAY (10)

OILERS ALL-TIME vs. VEGAS 19 11-6-0-2 61 58 5-2-0-2 6-4-0-0

OILERS vs. VEGAS – 2023-24 0 0-0-0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0

QUICK FACTS

• Tuesday’s game will mark Edmonton’s first of three games against the Golden Knights this season and the first of two games in Edmonton. The next time these teams meet is on February 6th in Vegas. • The last time these teams met in the regular season was on March 28th in Vegas, where the Oilers won 7-4. • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are tied for the team lead with 24 career points against the Golden Knights. Evander Kane leads the team with 21 career games against Vegas.

HYMAN HOT HAND

Zach Hyman posted two goals last game on Nov. 26 vs. ANA, marking his 3 rd multi-goal game of the season, all of which have come in the month of November. He is on a three-game point streak, registering multi-point efforts in each game, accumulating 7 points (4G, 3A) in that span. Hyman leads the Oilers with 12 goals and has recorded eight goals in his last eight games.

BIG TIME BOUCHARD

Evan Bouchard extended his six-game point streak on Nov. 26 vs. ANA with an assist and now has eight points (2G, 6A) in that span. He ranks 5 th in the NHL in points among defencemen (20) and has 10 power play points which sits second among NHL defencemen.

DRAISAITL LEADING THE WAY

Leon Draisaitl posted his team leading 28 th point of the season on Nov. 26 vs. ANA, recording two points (1G, 1A) which marked his second straight multi-point game and his 9th multi-point effort of the season. He leads the team in assists (19), power play goals (6) and is tied for the lead in power play points (12) with Connor McDavid.

McDAVID MAGIC

On Nov. 26 vs. ANA, Connor McDavid recorded three assists in the 1st period, marking his 23rd career 3-point period. He became become the 5 th active player to record 150 multi-point periods, joining Sidney Crosby (240), Alex Ovechkin (183), Evgeni Malkin (173), and Patrick Kane (157).

MIRACULOUS McDAVID

McDavid posted a five-point night on Nov. 26 vs. ANA, marking the 9 th of his career. He passed Glenn Anderson for 4 th all-time among Oilers players. He passed Evgeni Malkin (8) for the most five-point games among all active players. Connor McDavid becomes the second active player with four assists in consecutive games, joining Nicklas Backstrom (2 GP in 2007-08).

HATS OFF

On Nov. 11 at SEA, Zach Hyman recorded a hat trick in the first period and became the fourth Oilers player in the past decade to record a natural hat trick, joining Connor McDavid (2x: Feb. 20, 2021 vs. CGY & Oct. 4, 2017 vs. CGY), James Neal (Oct. 8, 2019 at NYI) and Milan Lucic (April 6, 2017 at SJS).

GOALS BY PERIOD

The Oilers scored four times in the 1st period on Nov. 26 vs. ANA, giving the Oilers 31 1 st period goals on the season, ranking 1 st in the NHL. In 2022-23, the Oilers ranked 1st in the NHL in goals for in the first period (92).

KING OF THE POWER PLAY

Leon Draisaitl scored twice on the power play on Oct. 17 at NSH, including his 127th power play goal, which moved him into sole possession of 1st in power play goals in Oilers franchise history. He now sits at 131 career power play goals.

LAST 10 GAMES vs. VEGAS

Record: 5-4-1

GF: 37 GA: 36

*2022-23 5/14/23 @ EDM 5-2 L

*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)

*Notes playoff game

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