Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Los Angeles Kings (0-0) at Edmonton Oilers (1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -165 / Los Angeles Kings +135 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Los Angeles Kings haven’t won a playoff series since winning the Stanley Cup in 2013-14, so there’s going to be some pressure on coach Todd McLellan to turn things around. The good news is the Kings still have plenty of experience from that championship squad with Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty still getting it done. The bad news is all of those players are getting up there in age and while experience can be a good thing, it’s tough for this club to keep up with the youth and speed of other teams. On one hand you never want to count out a group of veterans, but on the other hand you know that this group is probably past its prime and milked this thing dry. The Los Angeles Kings are going to be a tough out each night, but you question if their best days are behind them with this current core.
The Edmonton Oilers look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the Vancouver Canucks in their season opener. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with one goal, Matthew Benning has two assists and Oscar Klefbom has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up two goals on 33 shots faced. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Kings are 18-40 in their last 58 Saturday games, 4-9 in their last 13 games as a home underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Oilers are 4-11 in their last 15 Saturday games, 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The over is 4-0 in Kings last 4 games as an underdog. The over is 4-1 in Oilers last 5 games as a favorite. The Kings are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton. The under is 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings in Edmonton.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers are also one of those fast teams with a lot of youth that you would think would give the Kings trouble. I also value teams that have games under their belt over teams that don't, as the Oilers have had a chance to iron out the wrinkles and get the jitters out of the way, while the Kings are coming in cold and starting things off on the road. I like the Edmonton Oilers to start the season off with a promising 2-0 start.