Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers - 3/30/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers - 3/30/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (37-25-5) vs Los Angeles Kings (36-23-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Rogers Place)

Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers -196 / Los Angeles Kings +157 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-23-9. Through 68 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 196 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.81 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 18th ranked team in the NHL.

The Edmonton Oilers get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 37-25-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 67 games, the Oilers have scored 233 goals, giving them an average of 3.43. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams. On defense, Edmonton is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.22 goals per contest. So far, the Oilers have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Edmonton's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 68 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 14 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 42. On the season, he is turning 14.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 68 games, he has come up with 17 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.6%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -8 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.74 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 17 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 67 games, Edmonton's leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 48 goals and 48 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 96. On the season, he is turning 21.1% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Oilers have benefited from the strong play of Connor McDavid, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Edmonton's 67 games, he has come up with 36 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +16. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.11 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 41 percent of the time.

On the season, the Los Angeles Kings have a per-game scoring differential of 0.03. However, the team's scoring differential turns negative, at -0.03. As the Los Angeles Kings get set to take on the Oilers, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3.During this stretch, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 45.0% of the scoring in these contests. On the other side, the Oilers come into this matchup playing well on offense, scoring 21 goals over their last 5 games. Look for Edmonton to have another big scoring night, leading to a win over the Kings.

 

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