The Vegas Golden Knights battle the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinals playoff series Wednesday. Puck drop at Rogers Place is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Golden Knights vs. Oilers odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
Series: Golden Knights lead 3-2
The Golden Knights survived 4-3 in Game 5 to put the Oilers on the brink of elimination. Vegas scored 3 times in the 2nd period to go up 4-2 and held on in the 3rd.
The Oilers went 3-for-4 on the power play, but some shaky play in net did them in. C Connor McDavid scored 2 goals to lead the charge, but C Leon Draisaitl has not found the back of the net in 3 straight games now. He has just 1 assist and 8 shots on goal during the stretch.
Golden Knights at Oilers odds
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- Moneyline (ML): Golden Knights +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Oilers -185 (bet $185 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Golden Knights +1.5 (-160) | Oilers -1.5 (+135)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -135 | U: +110)
Golden Knights at Oilers projected goalies
Adin Hill (16-7-1, 2.50 GAA, .915 SV%, 0 SO – regular season) vs. Stuart Skinner (29-14-5, 2.75 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO – regular season)
Hill was great in Game 5, stopping 32 of 35 shots, and the only goals he allowed were on the power play. It’s likely his net regardless of whether Laurent Brossoit is healthy enough to return. Hill has a 2.25 GAA and .927 SV% in the playoffs.
Skinner was pulled near the end of the 2nd period in Game 5, allowing 4 goals on 22 shots Jack Campbell came on and stopped all 9 shots he faced. It’s the 3rd time Skinner has been pulled this postseason, and there’s a chance Campbell starts. They’ve stuck with Skinner thus far, though, and he has a 3.52 GAA and .890 SV% in the playoffs.
Golden Knights at Oilers picks and predictions
Oilers 4, Golden Knights 3
We’re 11-4 on wagers in this series, despite some unexpected outcomes. It’s a tough task to predict which Oilers team you’re going to get, but it would be a stunner if this series doesn’t go 7 games. We have had 18 goals scored in the 1st period in the series, and each game has seen at least 3. So we’re going to forego the -185 ML and continue to ride the trend OVER 2 FIRST PERIOD GOALS (-110).
Puck line/Against the spread
There is good reason to back VGK on the puck line here. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is also 10-4 in the last 14. Edmonton is 12-3 in the last 15 home games, though, and they are fighting to stay alive. I’ll back Vegas to keep it tight.
Take the GOLDEN KNIGHTS +1.5 (-160).
The total has been priced out of range for a couple of games now, and we’ve had to get creative. We’ve had 6+ goals in all but 1 game in the series, and that was a weird one when the Oilers scored 4 in the 1st and the lights cut off the rest of the game. The total has come back down to 6.5 at a doable price, but let’s get creative again.
Head to the Win/Total section and under Moneyline and Totals (including overtime and shootouts), take OILERS to WIN AND OVER 5.5 GOALS (+120).
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