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GAME NIGHT: Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers


The Golden Knights are getting healthier and this could be a first-round match-up if they can reel in Los Angeles

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Today: 2 pm. TV: SportsNet. Radio: 630 CHED

Possible playoff preview
Vegas has had terrible run of injuries this season with captain Mark Stone (back) just coming off long-term, but the versatile Reilly Smith is still on long-term injured reserve. But they’re 7-1-1 in their last nine. They’re getting healthier and this could be a 2-3 first-round match-up if Vegas can reel in Los Angeles.

POINTS LEADERS

EDMONTON OILERS
GP G A PT PLUS/MINUS
Connor McDavid 74 42 68 110 +22
Leon Draisaitl 74 54 51 105 +20
Zach Hyman 68 24 26 50 -9

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Jonathan Marchessault 69 29 34 63 +7
Chandler Stephenson 72 17 40 57 +3
Shea Theodore 71 13 32 45 +5

SPECIAL TEAMS

EDMONTON OILERS
PP 26.0 3rd PK 78.3 20th

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
PP 17.7 24th PK 77.3 21st

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1. Jack Eichel has started to roll, currently on a six-game point streak where he’s scored five times. He’s centering a new-look first line with Mattias Janmark, who retrieves lots of pucks, and Marchessault, who loves to shoot and is only one goal away from 30. Marchessault has been their most consistent forward.

2. With No. 2 Laurent Brossoit injured, undrafted farmhand goalie Logan Thompson has bailed them out by winning eight times in 13 games with a .925 save percentage, including a strong showing Thursday against his hometown Flames. Robin Lehner, who is playing hurt, has a 2-1-1 record and an .888 save percentage in his last four decisions.

3. Good thing Evgenii Dadonov’s March 21 deal was scrapped by the NHL because the Anaheim Ducks weren’t on his list of teams he could be traded to. The Golden Knights, who were in cap hell, needed to move the winger’s $5 million salary but couldn’t. He’s got 12 points in his last nine games.

E-mail: jmatheson@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @jimmathesonnhl





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