Kings vs Oilers Odds, Predictions | NHL Game 2 Betting Preview
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- After a wild Game 1, the Kings and Oilers resume their series in Edmonton.
- Los Angeles took Game 1, but our expert is expecting a bit more defense in Game 2.
- Continue reading to see why Greg Liodice has his eyes on the total in Kings vs Oilers Game 2.
Kings vs Oilers Odds · Game 2
|Over/Under||6.5 (-104 / -118)|
|Time||10 p.m. ET|
|Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
That was a wild one.
The Los Angeles Kings came back from a 2-0 deficit in Edmonton, tied the game with 16 seconds left and ultimately won 4-3 in overtime. Los Angeles looked a bit sluggish coming in, but turned itself around late in the game.
Edmonton has a lot to think about. The Oilers dominated most of the game and got a 67% in MoneyPuck’s “Deserve To Win O’Meter,” but neglected to close the door on the Kings. Game 2 is nearly a must win for the Oilers as they don’t want to head to LA down 2-0.
Here’s a look at the odds, as well as our prediction for Game 2 of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings benefited from their power play, scoring twice in six attempts. Lead goal scorer Adrian Kempe had two goals to keep the Kings alive and captain Anze Kopitar tied it up.
Los Angeles had a high-octane offense throughout the season, but is suffering without Kevin Fiala. Fiala missed the first game and the Kings were last among playoff teams in expected goals with a 33.94 xGF%, and only two high-danger chances. If Fiala returns, I expect LA’s offense to ramp up.
Goaltending saved the Kings in this bout. No matter how good the Kings were defensively, (2.38 xGA/60) it’s still nearly impossible to halt the Oilers are.
Something about the playoffs always gets Joonas Korpisalo going. Dating back to his days in Columbus, Korpisalo is playing to a .939 SV% in 10 career playoff starts. He was incredible in Game 1 and stopped 37 of 40 shots against a dangerous Oilers squad. He also had a +1.1 goals saved above expected (GSAx).
In seven of the 82 games Connor McDavid played, he was held without a point. The unspeakable happened again Monday as the Kings held him pointless. That allowed Leon Draisaitl to take over with two goals, but it wasn’t enough — even with an Evan Bouchard power-play goal. I can’t imagine McDavid going pointless for a second straight game.
Edmonton dominated throughout and played to a 66.06 xGF% (expected goals). Throughout the season, it also had the top power play at 32.5%.
Not only were they dominant offensively all game, but the Oilers also had a defensive stranglehold until near the end. They had a 1.87 xGA/60, but special teams killed them. They were in the penalty box six times, and lost on the penalty kill.
I’m sure Stuart Skinner would have liked to have his first playoff start go a bit different. Fresh off a really solid rookie year, Skinner only stopped 31 of 35 shots and played to a -0.3 GSAx. He’s proved to be a legitimate presence for Edmonton, so it’ll be interesting to see how he responds.
Kings vs. Oilers Pick
This game is going to get a bit scrappy, especially after McDavid’s hit on Mikey Anderson. Drew Doughty said the Kings are willing to “smack McDavid if given the chance.” Los Angeles has made it clear it’s looking to right the wrongs committed in last year’s playoffs.
I don’t think McDavid is going to go pointless like he did Monday. The Kings were lucky it ended up that way because McDavid was dominant (see the highlight of him beating three defenders to draw a penalty).
With that being said, I think Los Angeles will tighten its game. I also think Skinner will recover from his weak start. I don’t think Skinner’s poor showing was totally his fault. Edmonton’s penalty kill needs to be better and it needs to stay out of the box, which I think it will. I’m expecting this one to be lower scoring.
Pick: Under 6.5 Goals
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