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Golden Knights Gameday 74: Draisaitl Display: Lines and Notes vs Oilers

The Vegas Golden Knights (46-21-6, 98 points) can clinch a playoff spot tonight in their game against the Edmonton Oilers…



The Vegas Golden Knights (46-21-6, 98 points) can clinch a playoff spot tonight in their game against the Edmonton Oilers (42-23-9, 93 points) at home at 7:00 p.m. The VGK can book a ticket back to the playoffs in several different ways. A win makes their chances much more likely.

After a one-game absence due to personal reasons, Alec Martinez will be back with the club, and Jonathan Quick is expected to start. 

What to Watch For


The Golden Knights have just nine games left in their regular season schedule, but six of them are part of a home-and-home series vs a playoff-bound team. The VGK play the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second half of their mini-series and will also play the Minnesota Wild and Seattle Kraken in this format. This will provide the team with some great playoff-like experience against three teams on their way to the postseason as well.

Those Guys (Again)

Your obligatory Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl warning. Both have over 20 points all-time against the Golden Knights with Draisaitl playing in 18 career games against the VGK and McDavid 17. Combined, the two have 254 points and McDavid can hit the 300-goal mark in his career with a goal.

Preventing Powerplays (Again)

With the talent they have on their roster, the Oilers unsurprisingly have the best powerplay in the NHL, which currently operates at 31.89%. They also have the top-three powerplay point scorers in the league in McDavid, Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Staying out of the box will be key for the Golden Knights.

Get it Done

Technically speaking, the Golden Knights can still clinch a playoff spot if they lose tonight. But for the sake of making it easier to read, getting a win and clinching a playoff spot is obviously ideal for the VGK after they missed out on the postseason last year.

Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations

Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault

Pavel Dorofeyev- William Karlsson- Michael Amadio

Chandler Stephenson- Nicolas Roy- Phil Kessel

Brett Howden- Teddy Blueger- Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague- Zach Whitecloud

Jonathan Quick/Laurent Brossoit

Golden Knights Special Teams

PP1: Eichel, Roy, Stephenson, Barbashev, Theodore

PP2: Marchessault, Karlsson, Dorofeyev, Kessel, Pietrangelo

PK1: Karlsson, Blueger, McNabb, Pietrangelo

PK2: Stephenson, Howden, Whitecloud, Martinez


Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Will Carrier, Adin Hill, Reilly Smith, Logan Thompson/Paul Cotter, Ben Hutton

Projected Oilers Line Combinations

Evander Kane- Connor McDavid (c)- Mattias Janmark

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins- Leon Draiaitl- Zach Hyman

Warren Foegele- Nick Bjugstad- Kailer Yamamoto

Klim Kostin- Devin Shore- Derek Ryan

Darnell Nurse- Cody Ceci

Mattias Ekholm- Evan Bouchard

Brett Kulak- Vincent Desharnais

Stuart Skinner/Jack Campbell

Oilers Special Teams

PP1- Hyman, RNH, Draisaitl, McDavid, Bouchard

PP2- Kane, Bjugstad, Foegele, Nurse, Ekholm

PK1- Bjugstad, RNH, Nurse, Ceci

PK2- McDavid, Ryan, Ekholm, Kulak


Oscar Klefbom, Mike Smith, Ryan Murray, Ryan Mcleod/Phillip Broberg

How to Watch/Listen

7:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.

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