Edmonton Oilers Vs. Los Angeles Kings (5/6/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings have split the first two games of their first round series.  The Oilers are +800 to win the Western Conference; their last Western Conference title was in 2005-06.  Edmonton is +1700 to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup, they haven’t hoisted the Stanley Cup since the 1989-90 season.  Los Angeles is currently +3000 to win the Western Conference and +6500 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021-22; the Kings won two Stanley Cups in the 2010’s; 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Odds

Edmonton is -210 to win the opening round series against Los Angeles.  The Oilers are 5-2 in their last seven Conference Quarterfinals games.  Edmonton is 1-7 in their last eight playoff games as a favorite.  Over is 10-4 in the Oilers last 14 playoff games as a favorite.  Los Angeles is +175 to beat Edmonton in the first round of the playoffs. The Kings are 1-4 in their last five playoff games as an underdog.  Los Angeles is 1-7 in their last eight Conference Quarterfinals games.  Under is 6-1-1 in Kings last eight playoff games as an underdog.

Edmonton Oilers Analysis

Connor McDavid led the NHL in scoring with 123 points (44 goals and 79 assists) this season.  The two-time Hart Trophy winner had 44 points (10 goals and 34 assists) on the power play this season.  The Oilers captain was a +28 and has scored nine game winning goals in 2021-22.  The three-time Art Ross Trophy winner has broken the 100-point barrier in five different seasons.  In 23 postseason games, McDavid has totaled 26 points (12 goals and 14 assists).  The Oilers number 97 is +3000 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.  Leon Draisaitl was third in the league in scoring with 110 points; second in goals overall with 55.  He was second in the NHL with 41 points on the power play and 24 power play goals in 2021-22.  The 2019-20 Hart Trophy was a plus/minus at +17 and led the Oilers with 11 game winning goals this year.  Draisaitl has scored over 100-points in three different seasons and won the Art Ross Trophy in 2019-20.  In 23 playoff games the 26-year-old has 29 points (13 goals and 16 assists).  Leon Draisaitl is +3500 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy this season.

Evan Bouchard led Edmonton’s defensemen in points with 43 (12 goals and 31 assists) in 81 games.  He was a +10, blocking 112 shots and delivering 80 hits this year.  In his third season, he had 37 takeaways and averaged 19:48 of ice time per game.  In the first two playoff games of 2021-22, Bouchard has three assists.  Tyson Barrie had 41 points in 73 games this season.  He was a +3 while averaging 18:58 of ice time per game.  Three-time Stanley Cup champion, Duncan Keith had 21 points in 64 games in 2021-22.  Keith was a +15 while averaging 19:44 of ice time per game.  The 2014-15 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is a +24 in 137 career playoff games with 87 points (18 goals and 69 assists).

Mike Smith has played 28 games: starting 27 between the pipes for the Oilers in 2021-22.  Smith was 16-9-2 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.81 GAA.  The 16-year veteran has started both playoff games against the Kings, allowing four goals on 65 shots for a .938 save percentage

Los Angeles Kings Analysis

Captain Anze Kopitar led the Kings in scoring with 67 points (19 goals and 48 assists) in 2021-22.  The two-time Stanley Cup winner has 22 points on the power play this year (six goals and 16 assists) and scored four game winning goals.  The 2015-16 Lady Byng Trophy averaged 20:46 of ice time per game.  The 16-year veteran has tallied 66 points (21 goals and 45 assists) in 81 career playoff games.  Adrian Kempe led Los Angeles in goals with 35 in 78 games and was second on the team in scoring with 54 points.  Kempe led the club in game winning goals with seven.  On the season he averaged 18:35 of ice time per game while registering 111 hits.  The 25-year-old has one point in the first two playoff games against the Oilers.  Phillip Danault tallied 51 points (27 goals and 24 assists) in 79 games in 2021-22.  He was a +14 while averaging 18:08 of ice time per game.  Denault scored five game winning goals and recorded 74 hits this campaign.  In 40 playoff games he has 11 points with 45 blocked shots and 91 hits.

Drew Doughty is out for the season due to wrist surgery and certainly leaves a big hole in the Kings defense.  Sean Durzi had 27 points in 64 games this season (three goals and 24 assists).  He led the team in blocked shots with 121.  Durzi delivered 74 hits and averaged 19:36 of ice time per game.  Matt Roy was a +23 in 67 games and registered 21 goals (two goals and 19 assists).   He averaged 20:59 of ice time per game with 103 blocked shots and 124 hits in 2021-22.

Jonathan Quick, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, started 46 games this season for Los Angeles.  In 2021-22, he was 23-13-9 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA.  In the first two games of the series against the Oilers, Quick has allowed nine goals on 75 shots with a .880 save percentage.

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Los Angeles Kings Picks & Prediction

During the regular season, Edmonton scored 3.5 goals per game, ranking them seventh in the NHL.  On the defensive side, the Oilers allowed 3.1 per contest which was 18th in the league.  Edmonton is 7-2 in their last nine games as a road favorite.  The Kings scored 2.9 goals per game during the regular season, 20th in the NHL.  Defensively Los Angeles allowed 2.8 goals per contest, 10th overall.  The Kings are 7-19 in their last 26 games as a home underdog.  I’m going with the Oilers to win this game by over 1.5 goals and for the teams to combine for over 6.5 goals.

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Los Angeles Kings Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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