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Golden Knights Gameday #47: Make-up Game No. 1: Lines, Notes, vs Oilers



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The Vegas Golden Knights return from their six-day NHL All-Star Break to play four games that have been postponed. The first of which is Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton at 6 pm. Using the break to their advantage the Golden Knights will sport a nearly full-healthy lineup.

Chandler Stephenson and Dylan Coghlan will return from COVID-19 protocols, Nicolas Hague will return from a minor day-to-day injury. However, defenseman Zach Whitecloud is now out with a foot injury.

Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel is not expected to play despite shedding his no-contact jersey in Monday’s practice. He skated on a makeshift line on Monday with Michael Amadio and Nolan Patrick, two players that are also expected to be scratches for the Golden Knights.

The Oilers, have struggled this season despite a solid start and are now outside the Pacific Division’s playoff picture with 49 total points. The same things that have plagued the Oilers in years past continue to haunt them this season. Shaky goaltending, no depth scoring, and an over-reliance on Connor McDavid and Leon Draisiatl continue to cost the team games.

Mike Smith is expected to start for the Oilers Tuesday night as Mikko Koskinen has been placed in COVID-19 protocols. The 39-year old goaltender has only played six games with the Oilers this season.

Keys to the Game

Shake Off the Rust Early

After an extensive break for both teams, whoever starts the game strong will be a huge factor in the pace of the game Tuesday night. This will be both the Golden Knight’s and Oilers’ first game back since the NHL’s All-Star Break.

Scoring the first goal will be crucial to whichever team can manage to do so. For the Golden Knights, they will look to score early as they did in their last game against the Buffalo Sabres with Reilly Smith scoring just 33 seconds into the game.

Ignore Evander Kane’s Antics

This game will also mark the first time the Golden Knights will play Evander Kane this season. After having his contract terminated by the San Jose Sharks, Kane signed a deal for the remainder of the 2021-22 season with the Oilers and has played three games with his new team.

No major Kane-like instances have arisen in these three games, but against a team that he has a lot of familiarity against, Kane could pull one of his old stunts Tuesday night. If this happens, it is best for the Golden Knights to stay disciplined and ignore Kane.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl

It will be a tall task to defend two of the best players in the entire National Hockey League. At least Mark Stone, Johnathan Marchessault, and Alex Pietrangelo got to play on the same side as these two at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game though!

In all seriousness shutting down McDavid and Draisaitl typically leads to a victory against the Oilers as their depth scoring is practically non-existent. Also, staying out of the box may not be a bad idea as the Oilers’ powerplay is third-best in the NHL.

Projected Vegas Golden Knights Line Combinations

Max Pacioretty- Chandler Stephenson – Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson– Reilly Smith

Mattias Janmark- Nicolas Roy- Evgenii Dadonov

William Carrier- Brett Howden- Keegan Kolesar

Nicolas Hague- Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore

Ben Hutton- Dylan Coghlan

Robin Lehner/Laurent Brossoit

Vegas Golden Knights Special Teams

20% Powerplay (16th) and 79.53% Penalty Kill (17th)

PP1: Dadonov, Stephenson, Stone, Pacioretty, Theodore

PP2: Roy, Karlsson, Smith, Marchessault, Pietrangelo

PK1: Roy, Stone, McNabb, Pietrangelo

PK2: Karlsson, Janmark, Hague, Theodore

Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols/Scratches/Taxi Squad

Jack Eichel (neck), Alec Martinez (face), Zach Whitecloud (foot), Adam Brooks (unknown)

Nolan Patrick (scratched), Michael Amadio (scratched), Daniil Miromanov (scratched)

Projected Edmonton Oilers Line Combinations

Evander Kane- Connor McDavid- Kailer Yamamoto

Ryan McLeod- Leon Draisaitl- Zack Kassian

Zach Hyman- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins- Jesse Puljujarvi

Warren Foegele- Devin Shore- Derek Ryan

Darnell Nurse- Evan Bouchard

Duncan Keith- Cody Ceci

William Lagesson- Tyson Barrie

Mike Smith/Stuart Skinner

Edmonton Oilers Special Teams

28.45% Powerplay (3rd) and 77.42% Penalty Kill (21st)

PP1- Puljujarvi, Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl, McDavid, Barrie

PP2- Kane, McLeod, Kassian, Nurse, Bouchard

PK1- Ryan, Shore, Ceci, Keith

PK2- Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins, Nurse, Bouchard

Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols/Scratches

Oscar Klefbom, Josh Archibald, Mikko Koskinen (COVID)

How to Watch/Listen

6:00 pm on ESPN+ Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now and writes for the Boulder City Review-Journal. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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