Edmonton Oilers' Playoff Prospects: Golden Knights' Injuries vs. Kings' Defense

Explore Edmonton Oilers' playoff potential against a depleted Vegas Golden Knights and defensively stout Los Angeles Kings.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) shakes hands
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) shakes hands / Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

As the Edmonton Oilers prepare for the NHL playoffs, their potential first-round matchups against the Vegas Golden Knights or the Los Angeles Kings present intriguing dynamics. With significant injuries impacting the Golden Knights and defensive prowess characterizing the Kings, the Oilers must strategize accordingly to maximize their chances of success.

Facing the Shorthanded Vegas Golden Knights:


  1. Injury Woes: The Golden Knights are grappling with significant injuries, notably to key players like Mark Stone, whose absence due to a lacerated spleen weakens their offensive firepower. Additionally, while Tomas Hertl's impending return adds depth, his integration into the lineup may take time, providing the Oilers with an opportunity to exploit any lingering rustiness.
  2. Goaltending: Although Adin Hill did take the Knights to the Cup last season, he has not been as good this season. In his 16 games last postseason, he had an SV% of 0.932 which is crazy good. He has come back down to Earth this season and has a 0.914%


  1. Playoff Experience: Despite their injury woes, the Golden Knights possess significant playoff experience as a team, having won the Stanley Cup last season. This seasoned experience could manifest in their ability to rally together and compensate for the absence of key players, making them a formidable opponent even in adversity.
  2. Defensive Structure: While injuries may weaken their offensive capabilities, the Golden Knights maintain a solid defensive structure that could pose challenges for the Oilers' high-flying offense. Edmonton must navigate through disciplined defensive play and find ways to penetrate the Golden Knights' defensive zone to generate scoring opportunities.

Against the Defensive-Minded Los Angeles Kings:


  1. Offensive Dominance: Recent matchups have seen the Oilers asserting offensive dominance over the Kings, exploiting defensive vulnerabilities to secure victories. Edmonton's dynamic offensive duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl can exploit gaps in the Kings' defensive coverage to create scoring chances and control the pace of the game.
  2. Goaltending Weakness: The Kings' goaltending duo of Cam Talbot and David Rittich has shown inconsistencies throughout the season, presenting a potential weak spot for opposing teams. If either goaltender fails to find their rhythm or experiences a dip in form, the Oilers' offensive firepower can capitalize and tilt the series in their favour.


  1. Defensive Fortress: The Kings' game plan revolves around stifling opposing offenses with their defensive prowess. Their commitment to limiting scoring opportunities and protecting their goaltenders could frustrate the Oilers' offensive strategies, requiring Edmonton to employ patience and precision to break through their defensive fortress.
  2. Defensive Depth: Despite their goaltending uncertainties, the Kings boast defensive depth and resilience, anchored by stalwarts like Drew Doughty and
  3. Vladislav Gavrikov. Edmonton must contend with a structured defensive system that prioritizes limiting high-danger scoring chances, forcing them to execute with precision to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

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The Edmonton Oilers face contrasting challenges in potential first-round matchups against the shorthanded Vegas Golden Knights and the defensively-minded Los Angeles Kings. By leveraging their offensive firepower and adapting to the unique dynamics of each opponent, the Oilers can position themselves for a successful playoff campaign. However, they must remain vigilant and prepared to overcome the obstacles presented by both opponents to advance deeper into the postseason.