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Morning Skate Report: April 1, 2019

Golden Knights take on hungry Edmonton Oilers

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights are locked into playoff position as they host the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m. Monday at T-Mobile Arena. Monday's game will run on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460.

NOTES

Monday night is Autism Awareness Night at T-Mobile Arena.


Vegas is locked in to face the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs regardless of either team's results in the last three games of the season.

Monday's game is the final meeting of the season for Vegas and Edmonton.

LAST TIME OUT
After clinching a playoff spot the night before, the Golden Knights traveled to San Jose to meet the second-place Sharks at SAP Center. William Karlsson, Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore scored for Vegas but a Brent Burns goal in overtime game the home team the victory.

SEASON SERIES
In their first tilt of the season on Nov. 18, Vegas notched a 6-3 win at Rogers Place. Just 13 days later, the Oilers pocketed a 2-1 win on home ice to open the month of December. On March 17, Reilly Smith (2A), William Karlsson (2A) and Jonathan Marchessault (2G) each posted two points as they Golden Knights defeated the Oilers, 6-3, at T-Mobile Arena.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Edmonton is still alive in the Western Conference wild card race but, with an eight-point gap to close with four games to play, the Oilers need a lot of luck to make the postseason. The team has recorded 77 points and a record of 34-35-9.

Connor McDavid ranks second in the NHL in scoring with 114 points (40G, 74A) in 74 games. Leon Draisaitl also joined the 100-point club as he's accrued 101 points (47G, 54A) in 78 games.

If the Oilers miss the playoffs, they will become the first team since the 1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins to have two 100-point scorers and not appear in the postseason (Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey).

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...

  • Be the 94th win in franchise history
  • Eliminate Edmonton from playoff contention

KEYS TO THE GAME
Don't Look Too Far Ahead: Vegas is already set to meet San Jose in the playoffs but that doesn't mean it can get complacent in the last three games. They'll want to be playing their best hockey when the puck drops for the postseason.

Keep McDavid Quiet: Any team can play its best all-around game against Edmonton and still lose because it didn't pay enough attention to McDavid. The Golden Knights will keep a watchful eye on the Western Conference's top scorer.

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