Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers (5/14/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

On Thursday, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Kings in Los Angeles, 4-2 in Game Six to force a deciding seventh game on Saturday in Edmonton.  Tyson Barrie scored the go-ahead goal at 14:50 of the third period while Evander Kane had two goals and an assist and goalie Mike Smith made 30 saves in the Game Six victory. 

Los Angeles who won two Stanley Cups in a three-season span; 2011-12 and 2013-14 is listed at +6500 to capture the 2021-22 Stanley Cup.  They haven’t made it out of the first round of the postseason since winning their last title eight years ago.  Edmonton last made it past the first round of the playoffs in 2016-17.  The Oilers are currently +1600 to win the Stanley Cup this year; they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since beating the Boston Bruins in the 1989-90 Stanley Cup Final. 

Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds

The Kings are 3-9 in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games.  Under is 8-3-1 in Los Angeles’ last 12 playoff games as an underdog.  The Kings are 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog.  The road team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between Los Angeles and Edmonton.  Over is 5-2 in the Oilers last seven playoff games as a favorite.  Edmonton is 3-9 in their last 12 playoff games as a favorite.  Over is 5-1 in the Oilers last six after allowing two goals or less in their previous game.

Los Angeles Kings Analysis

The Kings are 7-4 in the seventh game of a series, 5-3 on the road. They have won each of their past four, three during the Stanley Cup-winning season of 2013-14.

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 48 career postseason assists, tied for second with Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille in Kings history.  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 leads the club in postseason points with six (two goals and four assists).  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.  Danault is second on the team in playoff scoring with five points (three goals and two assists).  Trevor Moore had 48 points in 81 games this season (17 goals and 31 assists).  The 26-year-old is tied with Danault for second on the Kings in postseason scoring with five points (two goals and three assists).

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 scored one of the Kings two goals in the Game Six loss on Thursday night.  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 20:30 of ice time per game in the 2021-22 postseason. 

Jonathan Quick, 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.  The two-time Stanley Cup winner has started all six games vs. Edmonton in the first round, with a save percentage of .893 and a 3.66 GAA. 

Edmonton Oilers Analysis

The Oilers are 6-4 in the seventh and deciding game of a series; 3-1 at home. They haven’t played a Game Seven at home since defeating the Winnipeg Jets in the Smythe Division Semifinals in 1990.

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 scored nine game winning goals in 2021-22.  He had a goal and two assists in the sixth game: 12 points overall to lead the NHL in postseason scoring.  The Oilers number 97 is +2500 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.  He has five goals in the first round series against the Kings, the Oilers number 29 has 16 career postseason goals.  Leon Draisaitl is +4000 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy this season.  In 43 games this season with the Oilers, Evander Kane had 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists) and was a +25.  Kane is second on the club in playoff scoring with nine points (seven goals and two assists). 

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.  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.  He has three points (one goal and two assists) in the first round of the 2021-22 playoffs.  Duncan Keith, a three-time Stanley Cup champion had 21 points in 64 games in 2021-22 and was a +15.  The 2014-15 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is a +21 in 141 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 39-year-old has made 215 saves on 231 shots in the first round (.931 save percentage) with a 2.67 GAA. 

Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers Picks & Prediction

The Kings scored 2.9 goals per game during the regular season, 20th in the NHL.  In the three games in Edmonton in the first round, Los Angeles has scored nine goals: three goals per game.  Defensively the Kings allowed 2.8 goals per contest, 10th overall.  Los Angeles is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Edmonton against the Oilers.  The favorite is 37-15 in the last 52 meetings between Los Angeles and Edmonton.  During the regular season, the Oilers scored 3.5 goals per game, ranking them seventh in the NHL.  In their games at home in the playoffs this year, Edmonton has scored 13 goals: 4.33 goals per game.  On the defensive side, the Oilers allowed 3.1 per contest which was 18th in the league.  Edmonton is 11-4 in their last 15 games following a win.

The Oilers are a team I’ve been skeptical of this season, due to how top heavy they are offensively with superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the lineup, but they’re getting production from other players such as Evander Kane and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the postseason, which makes them dangerous.  I like Edmonton to beat the Kings in Game Seven and advance to the second round; winning 4-2; covering the 1.5 goal spread and being under 6.5 goals combined.

Los Angeles Kings Vs. Edmonton Oilers 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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