Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings Prediction, Preview, and Odds

In a highly anticipated Pacific battle, the Los Angeles Kings host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. EST in Crypto.com Arena. Edmonton is 9-1 in their last ten and has eclipsed the Kings for 3rd place in the division with 59 points through 46 games. Meanwhile, the Kings are 3-5-2 in their last ten and are now 4th in the division with 56 points through 48 games played. The odds are even for these two, as both are at a -110 money line while the total is set at 6.5 goals.

Edmonton Energized

Written before the results of Edmonton vs Anaheim

Edmonton’s win streak finally ended with a 3-1 defeat to the Vegas Golden Knights in their latest matchup. Connor McDavid scored the lone goal and had a team-high eight shots on goal in the effort. Vincent Desharnais and Leon Draisaitl provided the assists while Stuart Skinner made 23 of 25 saves in the effort.

On the offensive end, Edmonton is exactly where you would expect them to be, near the top of the league in goals scored per game with an average of 3.46. They have a 26.8% success rate on the power play while and their face-off win percentage is also top ten at 52.2%. They have additionally earned an average of 33.7 shots per game, ranking #2 in the league. Connor McDavid is still the #1 option for Edmonton as the first-line center, and he has a total of 68 points, 21 goals, and 47 assists. Zach Hyman has the most goals and shots overall on the squad with 30 and 166 respectively. His teammate Leon Draisatil has the most power play goals with ten while McDavid has a team-best 20 power play assists. Hyman has the highest +/- ratio among the offensive skaters with a +17 and McDavid has the most ice time among forwards with 21:32. Evander Kane leads all members of the Oilers with 54 penalty minutes as well. The question has always been about the depth behind McDavid and Draisatil. If the depth can provide enough support, the Oilers could finally realize their ambitions of a deep cup run.

On the defense, Edmonton has improved significantly in the last couple months or so. They now rank 8th in the league in goals against per game with 2.76 and 5th with an 83.2% kill rate on the penalty kill, a far cry from ranking 26th and 23rd beforehand. Interestingly, they are ranked 3rd in shots against with an average of 28.0 per contest. Stuart Skinner has earned the majority of the reps in net so far and has posted a 2.43 GAA and a 91.0% save percentage while Calvin Pickard has an almost identical stat line with a 2.34 GAA and an 91.5% save percentage in his eight games played this year. Evan Bouchard has the most points among defenders with 43 including eleven goals and 32 assists. Mattias Ekholm has the highest +/- ratio among the defenders with a +15 and Darnell Nurse is leading the defense in penalty minutes with 34. Bouchard has five goals and 15 assists on the power play while ranking 5th overall in shots on the team with 121. Fortunately for the Oilers, nobody is on the injured list heading into this game.

Los Angeles Needs a Lift

L.A. earned a much-needed victory, defeating the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-2 in their latest contest. Alex Turcotte scored a goal and had an assist as the only player to have multiple points in the game. Kevin Fiala, Carl Grundstrom, and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings while David Rittich made 40 saves in 42 opportunities.

The Kings have regressed to the mean in their offensive efficiency after starting out the season red-hot. Currently they are registering an average of 3.15 goals per game (15th in the league). Kevin Fiala has 30 assists on the year and is 2nd on the team in points as well. Trevor Moore has the most goals so far with 21 while Adrian Kempe has the most points on the team with 43. Moore leads the squad in shots with 158 while Quinton Byfield has a team-best +14. Unfortunately for Fiala, he is also holding the title for most penalty minutes among forwards with 48 while Kopitar has the most time on the ice among offensive skaters with 19:33 per game on average. As a unit, the Kings are 3rd with 33.7 shots on goal per game, 16th with a 21.2% success rate on the power play, and 14th with a 50.4% win rate on face-offs.

Drew Doughty has been the staple of the Kings’s defense for years. He currently has a team-high 25:59 of ice time per game on average and is the only defender with at least 20 points on the year. His 11 goals (five on the power play) and 16 assists (six on the power play) also lead the defenders. Matt Roy has 90 shots on goal, most among blue-liners on the Kings. Andreas Englund leads the team in penalty minutes with 48. Los Angeles is currently 6th in goals against with an average of 2.65, and they are 5th in shots against per game with 28.3. They are also #1 in the league in their penalty kill, killing 87.3% of their penalties. Cam Talbot has started the majority of games so far and has an impressive 2.59 GAA. His save percentage is also high at 91.1%. Rittich has performed well as the backup option for Los Angeles, posting a 2.09 GAA and a 92.4% save percentage in 11 games this year. Viktor Arvidsson, Blake Lizotte, and Pheonix Copley are the only players on the Kings listed on their injury report. Arvidsson is out until the middle of February with a back injury while Copley is out for the year and Lizotte is out indefinitely.

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Edmonton is only one game removed from their impressive win streak and the Kings are not as good at home this season with an 8-9-6 record. The Oilers are injury-free while the Kings have a few players listed on their injury report. Edmonton has beaten the Kings in their last four meetings in a row and Los Angeles has lost their last three of four at home. The Oilers have a 14-10 record away from home and they are clicking on both sides of the ice. The Kings are a mid-tier offensive team and that will not be enough against the potent offense of the Oilers, while also combining that with their excellent defensive form as of late. Both teams are solid on defense, but Edmonton’s offense is superior to the Kings. Edmonton also has the momentum and confidence to start a new streak of wins, starting with their game against the Kings.

Prediction: Edmonton Oilers Money Line (-110)

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If you were smart during the winning streak of the Oilers, you took the under in nearly all their games. I’m going to continue with that trend until it stops working. Edmonton is 9-1 on the under in their last ten games and their defense has been tremendous for the past couple of months. Both squads are in the top ten in goals against, top five on the penalty kill, and top five in shots against. Los Angeles is 4-3-1 on the under in their last eight games and they have scored 4+ goals in only one of their last eight games. I suspect the Oilers will get back on track with their defensive performances against the Kings and it will result in a tight, defensive battle.

Prediction: Under 6.5

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Seamus Cole , “Seamus Cole”

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