A Look Back at the Only Playoff Series Between the Golden Knights and the Oilers

The last time the Vegas Golden Knights and the Edmonton Oilers faced off in a high-stakes battle, Vegas emerged on top. How can the Knights win this time?
Edmonton Oilers v Vegas Golden Knights - Game Five
Edmonton Oilers v Vegas Golden Knights - Game Five / Ethan Miller/GettyImages
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1. The Second to Fourth Lines Must Win Their Battles

Corey Perry
Nashville Predators v Edmonton Oilers / Lawrence Scott/GettyImages

It's no secret that the Edmonton Oilers have the best first line in the NHL. Having McDavid and Leon Draisaitl alone gives you that distinction. Therefore, the Golden Knights must be willing to limit the damage done by Edmonton's top crew.

How Vegas defeated Edmonton last season was by winning the battle of the other lines. Starting with the second and moving down, Bruce Cassidy must shift his efforts to having his lower nine score often. That includes a red-hot Nic Roy and the likes of Keegan Kolesar (who's done well on the fourth line, mind you).

If the line depth shines again, specifically with Karlsson's return, Vegas will emerge on top in this key Pacific Division matchup. With their depth shining through, it goes a long way in preserving the Knights's spot in the division.