NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Kings vs Oilers Game 2 (Wednesday, April 24)

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Kings vs. Oilers Odds

Wednesday, April 24
10 p.m. ET
Kings Odds+155
Oilers Odds-185
Over / Under
-110 / -110
Odds via bet365. Get up-to-the-minute NHL odds here.

Here's everything you need to know about the Kings vs. Oilers Game 2 on Wednesday, April 24 – our expert NHL prediction and pick.

As the Los Angeles Kings gear up to face the Edmonton Oilers for Game 2 of their first-round series Wednesday night in Edmonton, this matchup promises another clash of titans, with both teams displaying formidable offensive firepower and strategic depth.

Los Angeles will look to steal one on the road after being embarrassed, 7-4, in the opening game.

Meanwhile, Edmonton will look to keep its foot on the gas and exploit the Kings’ defensive lapse en route to a 2-0 series lead.

Los Angeles Kings

Based on advanced metrics this season, the Kings have proven themselves as offensive juggernauts, securing the fourth spot in Corsi percentage and an impressive ranking of third in expected goals percentage (xG%).

Ranking eighth in Expected Goals For and fifth in high-danger chances, they've consistently put pressure on their opponents. Los Angeles’ power play sits at 13th, suggesting slight room for improvement in capitalizing on its chances.

Defensively, the Kings are dominant, ranking fifth in Expected Goals Against and fourth in high-danger chances against, complemented by a robust penalty kill that's allowed the third-fewest shorthanded goals.

Despite this, they accrue a significant amount of penalty minutes, ranking ninth-highest.

Starting goaltender Cam Talbot has had a renaissance of a season, ranking in the upper echelon of net minders this year, further bolstering the Kings’ defensive mindset.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers command the ice with an exceptional offensive aptitude, leading the league in Corsi percentage, xG%, Expected Goals For and high-danger chances.

Their power play efficiency is also notable, securing the fifth spot in power play goals.

This offensive prowess is backed by a surprisingly stout defense, ranking ninth in Expected Goals Against and fifth in managing high-danger scenarios.

However, their penalty kill has seen them allow the 11th-most goals, showing vulnerability when shorthanded.

Goaltender Stuart Skinner, while facing challenges, shows potential with a save percentage and goals-against average that reflects his middle-tier standing.

Kings vs. Oilers

Betting Pick & Prediction

Analyzing both teams’ strengths and potential vulnerabilities, the bet on over six goals emerges as the most promising.

Given both teams’ strong offensive metrics and potential for defensive lapses — especially in special teams situations — a high-scoring game is likely.

The Oilers' top-ranked offense — coupled with both teams' tendency to spend time in the penalty box — suggests that power plays could play a critical role in surpassing the over on the goal total.

As Game 1 showcased already, both teams will be on the offensive for the majority of the game, and this will likely be a series with plenty of offensive displays.

That makes over six goals the best bet in this one.

Pick: Over 6 (-110)

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