Oilers vs Kings NHL Odds, Pick, Prediction on Tuesday, April 4
Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner and Los Angeles Kings left wing Alex Iafallo
- Two dominant teams meet on Tuesday night when the Oilers visit the Kings.
- Edmonton's roster remains chock full of talent, and Los Angeles continues to excel on defense.
- Below, Greg Liodice breaks down why betting on the total is his play for the game.
Oilers vs. Kings Odds
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The playoff-bound Edmonton Oilers head to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Kings. There hasn’t been a team better than Edmonton, who have gone 9-0-1 in their last 10, including a 6-0 thrashing on Saturday.
The Kings just clinched a playoff spot on Sunday after a win against the Canucks. Even though the Oilers beat the Kings last week, Los Angeles is still red hot with a 7-2-1 record over its last 10 games.
Here’s a look at our odds, as well as our prediction for the Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings.
Talent Galore on Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid is having a season very few have accomplished. Prior to McDavid, only seven other players reached the 140-point mark in a season. Leon Draisaitl isn’t very far behind, scoring his 50th goal (along with two others on Saturday). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is very close to notching 100 points as well. There’s just a ridiculous amount of talent here, and it’s no surprise why Edmonton’s been on a rampage.
Not much needs to be said on the offensive end. Once Zach Hyman scores two more points, this team will have four point-per-game scorers. For the past two weeks, Edmonton is ninth in expected goals with a 54.45 xGF%, and its power play is far away the best, scoring 32.4% of the time.
The addition of Mattias Ekholm has bolstered the Oilers’ blue line. While the numbers can be better, since March 20, they’re 19th with a 2.85 xGA/60, as well as an overall 76.1% penalty kill that has gotten much better.
Don’t be surprised to see Stuart Skinner out there tonight since Jack Campbell shut out the Ducks on Saturday. Skinner’s having a wonderful season, playing to a +1.1 goals saved above expected (GSAx), and since March 20, he’s posting a .919 SV%.
D Still Key for Los Angeles Kings
A couple of questions arise for tonight’s game since a few key pieces in Kevin Fiala, Gabe Vilardi and Mikey Anderson are day-to-day. It will require captain Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe, who have already had great seasons, to pick up some slack. Keep an eye out if they suit up.
Things on even strength have stagnated a little bit, but that isn’t stopping them from winning games. The Kings have played to a 15th-best 49.01 xGF% recently, but their power play has carried them offensively, scoring 25.3% of the time.
Not many teams have been better than Los Angeles on the defensive end. Adding Vladislav Gavrikov has certainly helped since they have a recent 2.25 xGA/60, though the penalty kill needs to be better. They succeed at a 75.7% pace.
The trade deadline was incredibly efficient for the Kings’ goaltending situation. Joonas Korpisalo has played lights out, notching an insane .968 SV% over the past two weeks. I would assume the Kings ride him, and let Pheonix Copley return to his backup duties.
Oilers vs. Kings Pick
It’s a battle of two juggernauts here and potentially a future first-round match in the playoffs. Two high-octane offenses that bolstered their blue line at the trade deadline. Both the Oilers and the Kings have been essentially unstoppable over the past three weeks, though it seems Los Angeles is starting to fizzle out.
Los Angeles has a clear advantage in net. Skinner has had himself a great All-Star season, but Korpisalo is on another level. What’s interesting though is that the last time these two played against each other was last week, and Skinner shut out the Kings.
With a stagnated offense from the Kings, and with it being hard to get pucks past Korpisalo, this has the makings for another low-scoring game at a decent value.
Pick: Under 6.5 (+110)
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