Vegas Looks To Advance, Oilers Aim To Extend Round 2 Series To A Game 7

By NHL Public Relations

May 14, 2023

The Golden Knights aim to become the third team to advance to the Conference Finals when they visit the Oilers at Rogers Place.

The Oilers aim to stave off elimination and force the Round 2 series to a Game 7.

Vegas, which is looking to advance to the 3rd Round for the fourth time in its six seasons, is 8-8 all-time in potential series-clinching games, while Edmonton is 18-19 when facing elimination.


William Karlsson (3-8—11 in 16 GP) owns the most points by a Golden Knights player in potential series-clinching games, followed by Reilly Smith (1-9—10 in 16 GP) and Shea Theodore (3-7—10 in 15 GP). Smith leads the franchise in assists in such contests and has collected a helper in each game Vegas has won toadvance to the round before the Stanley Cup Final (Game 6 of 2021 R2Game 7 of 2020 R2 & Game 6 of 2018 R2).

* Jack Eichel factored on three of Vegas’ four goals in Game 5 to help the club take a 3-2 series lead, marking his third three-point performance of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Should he do so again Sunday, Eichel would become the third player to record three points with the Golden Knights in a potential series-clinching game – he would join Mark Stone (1-2—3 in Game 5 of 2023 R1) and Mattias Janmark(3-0—3 in Game 7 of 2021 R1).

Jack Eichel (3-5—8 in 5 GP) leads all Golden Knights skaters in points in the Second Round and has recorded multiple points in three out of five games played this series. Eichel (8) is one multi-point game away from reaching 10 points in a single series, a feat achieved by only two Vegas players: Mark Stone (12 in 2019 R1) and Max Pacioretty (11 in 2019 R1). 

* Leon Draisaitl (3-10—13 in 7 GP) and Connor McDavid (4-7—11 in 7 GP) rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in Oilers history for points in potential elimination games, trailing only Jari Kurri (8-11—19 in 13 GP), Glenn Anderson (9-7—16 in 15 GP), Mark Messier (9-7—16 in 16 GP) and Wayne Gretzky (3-11—14 in 10 GP). Five of Draisaitl’s 13 points came in Game 6 of the 2017 Second Round (3-2—5) – the most in a potential elimination game in franchise history.

Leon Draisaitl (1.86 P/GP) and Connor McDavid (1.57 P/GP) rank first and third all-time, respectively, in points per game when facing elimination (min. 5 GP). Ken Linseman ranks second with 1.58 P/GP in such contests.

Game 6 record in best-of-seven: 15-8 (.652) overall, 8-6 (.571) at home
Trailing 3-2 in a best-of-seven: 3-6 (.333) overall, 1-5 (.167) when starting on the road
Tied 3-3 in a best-of-seven: 7-4 (.636) overall, 3-3 (.500) when starting on the road

Game 6 record in best-of-seven: 2-4 (.333) overall, 1-3 (.250) on the road
Leading 3-2 in a best-of-seven: 4-1 (.800) overall, 3-0 (1.000) when starting at home
Tied 3-3 in a best-of-seven: 2-1 (.667) overall, 2-0 (1.000) when starting at home