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Oilers at Golden Knights preview

Vegas tries to end five-game losing streak; Edmonton could be eliminated from playoff contention

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

OILERS (34-35-9) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (42-30-7)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to end a five-game losing streak, the longest in their two NHL seasons, when they play the Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.

Though the Golden Knights (0-3-2) have not won since defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-0 on March 21, they are locked into third place in the Pacific Division and will face the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round.

Goalie Malcolm Subban is expected to make his ninth consecutive start for Vegas.

The Oilers will be eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a loss in any fashion or if the Colorado Avalanche earn one point against the St. Louis Blues. Edmonton trails Colorado by eight points for the second wild card from the West.

Goalie Mikko Koskinen will start for the Oilers, who have lost five of their past seven games (2-3-2).

 

Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid has 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in his past 18 games.

Golden Knights center William Karlsson has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past eight games. He is two assists from 100 in the NHL.

 

They said it

"We have to find the energy to play in Vegas. We look like a team … that we're weary of the climb, and we can't do that. We'll be better in Vegas." -- Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock

"They're great players, but if you can shut them down, I think you can shut down their whole team. Those guys bring an element that not many teams have in this league." -- Golden Knights forward Mark Stone on Edmonton forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl

 

Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Joseph Gambardella -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Alex Chiasson

Milan Lucic -- Colby Cave -- Sam Gagner

Ty Rattie -- Brad Malone -- Josh Currie

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Andrej Sekera -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: Kevin Gravel, Kyle Brodziak, Jujhar Khaira, Alexander Petrovic, Tobias Rieder

Injured: Jesse Puljujarvi (lower body)

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Cody Eakin -- Mark Stone

Ryan Carpenter -- Tomas Nosek -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Nate Schmidt -- Deryk Engelland

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller

Malcolm Subban

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Valentin Zykov, Nick Holden, Brandon Pirri

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (lower body), Erik Haula (lower body), Paul Stastny (undisclosed)

 

Status report

Fleury practiced after the morning skate. Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said he will be 100 percent when the playoffs start. … Stastny is a game-time decision.

 

Stat pack

McDavid's 114 points are the most by an Oilers player since Mark Messier (129) in 1989-90. … Marchessault has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

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