The Vegas Golden Knights added another two points to their status Saturday night defeating the Edmonton Oilers in overtime 4-3. This puts the team up to 98 points on the season, two away from the 100-point mark. It also puts them in a position to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday.
The VGK can clinch their fifth trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Oilers again in any fashion and if the Winnipeg Jets lose to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday as well. The Golden Knights missed the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, only registering 96 points in the standings.
The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, and New Jersey Devils are the only other teams to clinch a playoff berth so far this season. The Golden Knights are fittingly the fourth-best team in the league currently in points, behind these three bound-for-playoff teams.
What would remain of the regular season for the Golden Knights would be them jockeying for positioning. The Golden Knights are currently first in not only the Pacific Divison but the Western Conference, meaning they would play the second Wild Card team in the first round, which is currently the Jets.
In previous years when the Golden Knights made the postseason they were the following seeds: 2018- 1st in Pacific, 2019- 3rd in Pacific, 2020- 1st in Pacific, 2021- 1st West.
Of course, the Golden Knights have never won a Stanley Cup in their franchise's history, coming the closest in their inaugural 2017-18 season where they lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Washington Capitals in five games.