Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers (5/10/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

At home in Game Four, the Los Angeles Kings evened their first round series at two beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-0.  Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for his 10th career Stanley Cup Playoff shutout: breaking a tie with Mike Richter for most shutouts in the playoffs by a United States-born goalie, per NHL.com.  Additionally, Carl Grundstrom had two goals and an assist as the Kings had previously lost six straight home playoff games.

Los Angeles is currently +3500 to win the Western Conference and +8000 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021-22; the Kings won two Stanley Cups in a three-season span; 2011-12 and 2013-14.  The Oilers are +700 to win the Western Conference; their last Western Conference title was in 2005-06.  Edmonton is +1600 to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup, they haven’t hoisted the Stanley Cup since the 1989-90 season. 

Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds

Los Angeles is +200 to beat Edmonton in the first round of the playoffs.  The Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 games.  The total number of goals has gone over in four of Los Angeles’ last six games played in May.  The Kings are 19-29-6 as an underdog in 2021-22.  Edmonton is -250 to win the opening round series against Los Angeles.  The Oilers are 15-5 straight up in their last 20 games.  The total number of goals has gone under in six of Edmonton’s last nine games against a Pacific Division foe dating back to the regular season.  The Oilers are 42-19-3 as a favorite this campaign. 

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 a goal and an assist in the first round series vs. Edmonton.  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 two assists in the first four games of the 2021-22 playoffs.  Phillip Danault tallied 51 points (27 goals and 24 assists) in 79 games in 2021-22.  He scored five game winning goals and recorded 74 hits this campaign.  He’s second on the team in playoff scoring with four points (two goals and two assists).  Trevor Moore had 48 points in 81 games this season (17 goals and 31 assists).  The 26-year-old is leading the team in postseason scoring with five points (two goals and three assists).

Drew Doughty is out for the season due to wrist surgery, leaving 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.  He has one assist and two takeaways in the first round series vs. Edmonton.  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. Roy is a +1 while averaging 20:13 of ice time per game in the 2021-22 postseason. 

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.  Quick’s shutout in Game Four was his first playoff shutout since June 9, 2014, in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers.

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 the first four games of the 2021-22 postseason, McDavid has six points (one goal and five assists); which is tied for the team lead.  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.  He has three goals in the first round series against the Kings, the Oilers number 29 has 14 career postseason goals.  Leon Draisaitl is +3000 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy this season.  In 43 games this season with the Edmonton Oilers, Evander Kane had 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists) and was a +25.  Kane is tied for the team lead in points with six (five goals and one assist); including a hat trick in Game Three. 

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.  Bouchard is tied for the team lead in assists with five in the 2021-22 playoffs.  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 +23 in 139 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.  In the Game Four loss, the 39-year-old made 42 saves; he has a .942 save percentage and a GAA of 2.27 through four postseason games this year. 

Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers Picks & Prediction

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 2-5 in their last seven matchups against the Oilers.  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 15-2 straight up in their last 17 games at home.

The Oilers are an extremely top-heavy scoring team with McDavid and Draisaitl in the lineup, but if they continue to get production from Evander Kane, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Zach Hyman, they’re a dangerous squad.  I’m going with the road team, Edmonton to go into Los Angeles as the underdog and win the critical fifth game of the series by over 1.5 goals and the teams to combine for over 6.5 goals.

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

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