Edmonton Oilers vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 2/26/2020
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+166) Golden Knights (-185)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (33-22-7, 2nd in the Pacific Division) travel to T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Vegas Golden Knights (34-22-8, 1st in the Pacific Division). The odds on this matchup have the Oilers coming in at +166 and the Golden Knights are at -185. The total opens at 6.5. The Oilers cover 51.7% of the time, having gone 31-29 SU. The Golden Knights cover 50.8% of the time, going 31-30 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 33 wins and 22 losses, ranking them 2nd in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 196 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the West and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +6, ranking them 15th in the league. The Oilers have compiled a total of 73 points, which has them ranked at 13th in the league and 5th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,845 which has them ranked at 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league. As a team, Edmonton has obtained a total of 1,288 hits which has them averaging 20.8 per game. They have compiled a total of 782 blocks for the season. The man looking after the net for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has totaled 1,884 minutes in net for the campaign. Smith is giving up an average of 2.87 goals per game which ranks him 17th among West goaltenders and 36th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he has given up 90 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .905 which ranks him 23rd among West goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest. The Oilers had a impressive offensive output in this victory. In this matchup, they netted 4 of the 31 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Edmonton ended up with 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 44 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 51.6%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 33, which means they earned a rate of 53.5%. They earned 24 face-off wins and lost 30 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 57.2% and they had a PDO of 106.2 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Los Angeles Kings racked up a total of 23 shots. They had 4 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play chances.
The Golden Knights are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 34 wins and 22 losses. With regard to goal differential, they sit 4th in the West and 13th in the NHL with +11. They currently have a total of 205 goals for the season which ranks 2nd in the West. Vegas has a team save percentage of .898 which is good for 25th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% ranking them 8th in the West. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.79 goals per game and that has him ranked 14th in the West and 32nd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,641 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 123 goals. He holds a save % of .906, which has him placed 22nd in the West and 45th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights opposed the Anaheim Ducks in a game where the Golden Knights earned a win by a final of 6 - 5. For this game, Vegas earned a 51.8% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 57 while their opponent had a Corsi of 53. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.4% by notching a Fenwick of 43 and the Ducks having earned a 39 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vegas had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 103.7 and their percentage of oZS was 37.7%. The Golden Knights notched 6 goals of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play chance in this one but didn't score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Ducks had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Vegas gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Ducks racked up a total of 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (+166)
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