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GAME THREAD 21/82: Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers

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What up, Nate?

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI, Nate. Schmidt. Is. Back.

Schmidt will make his season debut after serving a 20-game suspension, and the Golden Knights will welcome him back with open arms.

Vegas travels to Edmonton to take on Connor McDavid and the Oilers, who are coming off a disappointing 4-2 loss in which they blew a two-goal lead. The Oilers are 9-9-1 on the season, good for fifth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the Western Conference. They recently acquired Ryan Spooner from the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Strome; Spooner made his Oilers debut last night.

The Knights (8-11-1) are coming off a disappointing loss of their own, though it was a particularly deflating effort considering Vegas arguably played its best game of the season just a few days earlier. But the Knights must continue to fight to get back to .500 before truly thinking about turning the season around.

McDavid will be more than a handful, though, as he scored two goals and eight points in four games against Vegas last season. It’s a good thing Schmidt made the trip.

Here are tonight’s projected lineups:

Golden Knights

Marchessault — Karlsson — Smith
Pacioretty — Eakin — Tuch
Nosek — Carpenter — Hyka
Carrier — Bellemare — Reaves

Theodore — Schmidt
Miller — McNabb
Engelland — Holden

Fleury
Subban

Oilers

Caggiula — McDavid — Draisaitl
Spooner — Nugent-Hopkins — Rattie
Lucic — Marody — Chiasson
P. Russell — Khaira — Kassian

Klefbom — Larsson
Nurse — Benning
Gravel — K. Russell

Talbot
Koskinen

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