NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Oilers vs Kings (Saturday, April 29)

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Via Andy Devlin/Getty Images. Pictured: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers skates in Game One of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on April 17, 2023, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  • The Kings host the Oilers in a pivotal Game 6 on Saturday night.
  • Edmonton is looking to finish off the series, and our expert expects them to do so.
  • Greg Liodice details the matchup and offers up his best Kings vs. Oilers Game 6 bet below.

Oilers vs. Kings Game 6 Odds

Oilers Odds-164
Kings Odds+136
Over/Under6.5 (-134/+110)
Time10 p.m. ET
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.

Looking to finish off the series, the Edmonton Oilers head to Crypto.com Arena to take on the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers dominated Game 5, winning 6-3 and getting high-end production from their top guys.

The Kings are in a bit of trouble and looking a bit sluggish. Luckily for them, home cooking has had its benefits as LA went 26-11-4 during the regular season at home. However, the Kings need to improve their penalty kill in order to have a fighting chance to stay alive.

Here’s a look at the odds, as well as our betting prediction for Game 6 of the Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings.

Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers looked unstoppable on Tuesday. Leon Draisaitl is playing like an all-time playoff performer with 10 points this series. Connor McDavid has been heating up as he and defenseman Evan Bouchard have eight points. Evander Kane has also been a factor as he historically crushes the Kings in the postseason. However, many speculate he’s playing hurt.

There hasn’t been a more dominant offense than Edmonton’s all season, including the playoffs. The Oilers are third in expected goals with a 55.18 xGF% and the power play is unbelievably dominant, scoring at a nearly 60% pace.

While the penalty kill can be much better at only 72%, their even-strength defense has been fairly strong. They rank seventh with a 2.66 xGA/60.

Ever since getting pulled in Game 4, Stuart Skinner bounced back in a strong way. The numbers may not look great with an .884 SV% and a -1.2 goals saved above expected (GSAx), but Skinner has made some key saves.

Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles looked like it was skating in mud on Tuesday. It’s received incredible production from Adrian Kempe, captain Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala all series. However, the Kings need to come in with all hands on deck or else their season will be over.

Since their opponents have held strong on the defensive end, the Kings have struggled offensively. They’re 14th in expected goals with a 44.82 xGF% and have gotten most of their scoring from the power play, scoring at a 27.8% pace.

The Kings' penalty kill has been a nightmare. They have the third-least penalty minutes of the 16 playoff teams, but the worst penalty kill at 42%. The even-strength defense isn’t much better at 3.28 xGA/60.

Joonas Korpisalo had a great start to the series, but then his efficiency slipped. His .904 SV% and +1.9 GSAx look decent at a glance, but his past two games have been dreadful. Since Game 4, Korpisalo is posting an .887 SV% and got pulled for Pheonix Copley in Game 5.

Oilers vs. Kings Pick

At this point in the series, I’m much more confident in the Oilers ability to close out games. I have no doubt the Kings will show up in a better fashion than Game 5, and have a spark in front of their home crowd. The problem is the Oilers are finding their groove and their power play is unstoppable.

If Edmonton stays out of the penalty box and sticks to 5-on-5, then I don’t see how the Oilers lose this game. Even though this series has looked even to the naked eye, it feels like Edmonton has had a stranglehold on Los Angeles. From its dynamic scoring to strong defense and improving goaltending, I’m banking on the Oilers to come out of this in regulation.

Pick: Edmonton Oilers 3-Way Line (-110)

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