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How can the Vegas Golden Knights clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Vegas Golden Knights play their 74th match of the season tomorrow against Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas is leading the Pacific Division with 98 points while the Oilers are third with 91 points.

The 2018-19 runners-up also stand a chance to clinch a spot in the Playoff on Tuesday. Here’s how they can clinch the spot for the time

  • Vegas Golden Knights win against Edmonton in any fashion and San Jose Sharks defeat Winnipeg in Regulaion.
  • OR Vegas Golden Knights win against Edmonton in any fashion and Boston Bruins defeat Nashville Predators in any fashion
  • OR Vegas loses to Edmonton in Overtime. AND Boston Bruins defeat the Predators in Regulation.

The second option looks less complex on paper. A loss to Oilers might be an easy path to clinch a post. However, this would affect their chances of clinching the division and gaining a home advantage.

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In order to get a more precise idea, Let’s take a look at the standings

Pacific Division Standings and Western Conference Wild Card Standings

TeamGames PlayedWin-Loss-Overtime Loss Points (Maximum)Status
Vegas Golden Knights7346-21-698(116)Top Three/ Wildcard Race
Los Angeles Kings7343-20-1096(114)Top Three/ Wildcard Race
Edmonton Oilers 7341-23-991(109)Top Three/ Wildcard Race
Seattle Kraken 7240-24-888(108)Top Three/ Wildcard Race
Calgary Flames 7433-26-1581(97)2nd or 3rd/ Wildcard Card
Vancouver Canucks7334-34-573(91)3rd/ Wildcard Race
Anaheim Ducks7323-40-1056(74)Eliminated
San Jose Sharks7319-39-1553(71)Eliminated
Pacific Division Standings
TeamGames PlayedWin-Loss-Overtime LossPoints (Maximum)
Seattle Kraken 7340-24-888(106)
Winnipeg Jets7441-30-385(101)
Calgary Flames7433-26-1581(97)
Nashville Predators7236-28-880(100)
Vancouver Canucks7334-34-573(91)
St. Louis Blues7333-34-672(90)
Western Conference Wild Card Current Standings

Comparing Points and Clinching Scenarios for Vegas Golden Knights

The Conference has some of the best games so far and things are tense. The teams have spiced up the game. The fact that not a single team has clinched adds to the intensity of the spice. Comparing maximum points and clinching scenarios:

  • In the first case, VGK will have 100 points. The Jets’ maximum points would be 99
  • In the second case also, VGK will have 100 points. The Predators’ max points would be 98/99.
  • In the third case, VGK would have 99 points. The Predator’s maximum would be 98.

As much as the Golden Knights can survive and clinch even if they lose, Vegas will be focusing on taking the two points home. Again, However, That won’t be easy. Edmonton Oilers lead Vegas in the season series so far. Edmonton won the first two games between them while Golden Knights cleaned up in the last one on Saturday.

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Mohammed Bazim
Mohammed Bazim
With a dream to be in the paddock living the life, Mohammed Bazim is a 19-year-old collegiate who spends his day watching old games, trying to learn more about his passion, Formula One. Hailing from Kerala, he considers himself to be a trivia aficionado. His lover passion for trivia does not end at Formula 1, it just begins there. Bazim loves to write about anything and everything related to Business, Sports, Fashion, and International Relations.


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