The 2023-24 NHL regular season is winding with the playoff window having already closed on several teams and fading fast for others. The Edmonton Oilers have secured a Western Conference playoff spot, but the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights have not. Injuries are a major reason why the Knights have yet to clinch a postseason berth, and this matchup with the Oilers on Wednesday night in Edmonton is a virtual win-or-go-home game for them. Let’s take a closer look at what will be a must-see TNT matchup to determine some great wagering opportunities.

Golden Knights vs. Oilers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NHL Odds 4/10/24

Moneyline: Vegas Golden Knights ML -105, Edmonton Oilers ML -115
Spread: Golden Knights +1.5 (-260), Oilers -1.5 (+195)
Total: Over/Under 6.5 points

NHL Schedule Today – Game info: Golden Knights at Oilers

2023-24 NHL Regular Season Game
Vegas Golden Knights (42-27-8, 18-16-6 Away) vs. Edmonton Oilers (47-24-5, 26-8-3 Home)
Date: April 10
Time: 8:30: p.m. ET
Venue: Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta
TV Channel: TNT
Live Stream: MAX,RSN1, RSNE
Live Radio: Fox Sports Las Vegas 98.9 FM - 1340 AM (Golden Knights) and 630 CHED (Oilers)
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Edmonton Oilers will meet for the third time in 2023-24, and it’s a pivotal game for both teams as the regular season draws toward a close. Victory is crucial for Vegas, which is holding the final wild card spot in the NHL’s Western Conference. For Edmonton, a win on Wednesday would also be huge because the Oilers still have a chance to take the Pacific Division title away from the Vancouver Canucks. Edmonton trails Vancouver by five points with six games remaining, but the Oilers have two games in hand. The Oilers come into this matchup fully healthy, while the Golden Knights are still missing key players in William Carrier and Mark Stone, who have both been limited by injuries to fewer than 60 games this season.

Golden Knights vs. Oilers Predictions and Picks

The Vegas Golden Knights’ defense of their 2023 Stanley Cup championship hasn’t quite gone as expected this season, but much of that can be blamed on multiple injuries that have plagued the team. The Knights are still without William Carrier and Mark Stone, but they also had to survive without Jack Eichel for a stretch, as well as recently acquired Tomas Hertl, who finally made his Golden Knights debut against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Nearing full health at last, Vegas could potentially make another Stanley Cup run with its full roster, but this team’s problem is that it must first make the playoffs. Losses in two of their past three games haven’t exactly helped the Knights’ cause.

Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers continue to cruise and dominate their opponents with a high-powered offense that ranks fourth in the NHL at 3.58 goals per game. Given recent trends, this looks like a game that the Oilers should have no trouble winning, but these Golden Knights were able to beat Edmonton 3-1 when they were still shorthanded back in February.  Not having Carrier and Stone hurts, of course, but a healthy Eichel and Hertl are two of the top skaters in hockey, and both are available for Wednesday night.

Once the Golden Knights get all their stars back, look for this to at least return to the Stanley Cup Final. Management has built the Knights into something of a fantasy team after getting Hertl from San Jose at the trade deadline. Vegas will steal this one on the road Wednesday with Eichel and Hertl setting the tone early.

The Pick: Vegas Golden Knights ML (-105)

Playing defense seemed like the hardest thing in the world for the Edmonton Oilers at the start of this 2023-24 NHL season. The team couldn’t stop a single puck, which led to the firing of head coach Jay Woodcroft and the hiring of Kris Knoblauch.

The coaching change seems to have solved Edmonton’s problem, because in addition to their scoring firepower, the Oilers come into Wednesday night as one of the NHL’s best defensive teams. Edmonton is allowing the league’s fifth-fewest shots on goal per game and the ninth-fewest goals. On the other hand, Vegas ranks more in the middle of the pack when it comes to these stats, because the Golden Knights rank 12th in overall defense, but they also yield the 12th-most shots on goal.

When these teams met for the first time this season in November, the over/under total went over, but it went under in their second matchup on Feb. 6. This time around, I expect the teams to once again exceed the over.

Just over a month ago in the last Edmonton-Vegas game, the Oilers looked very out of sync -- scoring just one first-period goal in the 3-1 loss. With a roster that includes Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Zach Hyman, Evander Kane, and more, this team is too talented to go through another game with just one goal. I also expect a surplus of goals from Vegas on Wednesday, because having Tomas Hertl and Jack Eichel on the power play together just doesn’t seem fair.

The Pick: Over 6.5 (+105)

Best NHL Player-Prop Bets for Golden Knights vs. Oilers:

Tomas Hertl

There is a lot of juice on this player prop, but it’s worth it, because this number is just too low for a player like Tomas Hertl. I understand that Hertl just returned from a knee injury that required surgery, but he’s so talented that I might even be willing to take this prop if he were playing on crutches. In his first game back from injury on Monday, Hertl looked fine to me in picking up one assist and recording one shot on goal.

The Golden Knights’ backs are currently against the wall when it comes to making the playoffs, so each game is a must-win for them, Hertl is going to need to be aggressive in the offensive zone on Wednesday because only four NHL teams allow fewer shots on goal than the Oilers. Vegas, however, is built differently from most other NHL teams, and while the Oilers have turned it around defensively this season, this is still the same team that struggled mightily on defense back in the fall.

The Pick: Tomas Hertl over 1.5 shots on goal (-200)

Best Same-Game Parlay NHL bets today for Golden Knights vs Oilers: 3-Leg Parlay Pick (+550)

First-Period Total Goals
For our first NHL same-game parlay in many weeks, we’re going to get a little creative here. In both of these teams’ matchups this season, at least one goal was scored in the first period. Two were scored in the first period the last time they met back in February. Both the Edmonton and Vegas offenses are talented, and no matter how good a team is defensively, it’s going to give up goals when it has to contend with this many stars in the first 20 minutes. Both teams are vulnerable this respect, so there will be some scoring before the first intermission.

Leg-1 SGP Pick: 1st Period over 1.5 goals (-155)

Connor McDavid
There’s no question that Edmonton captain Connor McDavid is one of the best players in the NHL. McDavid scored a goal in each of his team’s previous two games against Vegas this year. He will look to continue that streak on Wednesday night. In what should be a high-scoring affair, expect McDavid to be among the guys finding the back of the net.

Leg-2 SGP Pick: Connor McDavid anytime goalscorer (+115)

Tomas Hertl
I am doubling down on my favorite player prop for this game and going back to the well with Tomas Hertl. He got his feet wet in his first game back from injury against Vancouver, and he’s still getting familiar with his new Vegas teammates on the ice. This is a win-or-go-home situation for the Knights, and Hertl been on the wrong side of that equation far too many times with San Jose. Expect to see a hungry Hertl on Wednesday night. Sure, the Oilers are tough defensively, but they must have a soft spot left over somewhere from the early part of the season, and I expect that Hertl will find it.

Leg-3 SGP Pick: Tomas Hertl 3+ shots on goal (+140)

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