Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vegas Golden Knights. Be sure to check out our other NHL Predictions articles for today’s games.
NHL Predictions: Edmonton Oilers vs Vegas Golden Knights
New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings
Head to Head: Devils 0-0 Kings
The first game on the NHL Predictions is a great matchup. A calibre eastern conference talent in the New Jersey Devils takes on the Los Angeles Kings. New Jersey enters the second of a back-to-back after playing the night before in Anaheim. Los Angeles is on a three game win streak and continues it’s home stand.
Both teams are sitting high and mighty among the leagues best. Each team ranks in the top ten in terms of puck possession, and in expected goals percentage. The beautiful thing as well is they sit in the top ten in goals scored at even strength. Across the board it is an even matchup. One area to watch for in this game is special teams play. Los Angeles has the eighth-best power play unit, whereas New Jersey has the seventh-best penalty kill. Winning the special teams battle is critical.
So much young and fun talent to watch, while also having some steady veterans. Jack Hughes, Gabriel Villardi, Kevin Fiala, Nico Hischier, Anze Kopitar, and Dougie Hamilton to name a few.
Prediction: Kings defeat Devils 4-3
Edmonton Oilers vs Vegas Golden Knights
Head to Head: Oilers 0-0 Golden Knights
Tonights featured matchup is a Pacific Division showdown. The Edmonton Oilers head to the Sin City to take on the Vegas Golden Knights. Both teams are currently in playoff position and look to continue that pace.
This game features some of the brightest stars that are meant for the brightest lights. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are two of the best in the business. Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson help spearhead a Golden Knights attack. But a big blow hit Vegas as captain Mark Stone left the prior game due to an upper body injury.
Both teams are very similar in goal scoring at 5v5, and in goals against. From a possession stand point they are also right next to each other. This game has the ability to be a tight one.
One area that gives the Oilers the edge is special teams play. Edmonton has the leagues best power play. But a difference that makes a greater overall impact is the depth. Vegas has better depth scoring overall than Edmonton. Pair that with good goaltending and the result should end in a win.
Prediction: Golden Knights defeat Oilers 5-3.