Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (38-24-10) vs Edmonton Oilers (41-25-5)

Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings +140 / Edmonton Oilers +140 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Edmonton Oilers come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-25-5. Through 71 games, the Oilers are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 251 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 22nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.18 goals per game. So far, the Oilers have a strength of schedule rating of 23rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Edmonton Oilers with an overall record of 38-24-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 72 games, the Kings have scored 207 goals, giving them an average of 2.82. This output gives them a rank of 19th among NHL teams.On defense, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.79 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 16th in the NHL.

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Through 71 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 51 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 101. On the season, he is turning 20.3% 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 71 games, he has come up with 41 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 22. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.1 goals per game.

Through 72 games, Los Angeles' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 31 goals and 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 47. 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 72 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.4%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.7 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Edmonton's 71 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-32-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 16-19-1. On the season, 66.0% of Edmonton's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Oilers. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 30-40-2. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 18-18-1. On the season, 46.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. Given that the Kings have one of the highest high danger scoring totals in the NHL look for them to take advantage of taking on an Oilers team in which their goalies have combined for a save percentage well below the league average. I recommend taking the over. 

 

 

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