Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings - 5/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings - 5/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (45-29-11) vs Edmonton Oilers (51-28-6)

Game Info: Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings +115 / Edmonton Oilers -141 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Edmonton Oilers will look to pick up their 3rd win in their first-round series against Los Angeles. On the season, they have found the net 290 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 16th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.06 goals per game. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings will look for better defensive performance in game 2, as they gave up 8 runs to Edmonton in their previous game. Through 82 games, the Kings have scored 239 goals, giving them an average of 2.87. This output gives them a rank of 20th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.83 goals per contest. 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 17th in the NHL.

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Through 82 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 55 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 110. On the season, he is turning 19.8% 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 82 games, he has come up with 44 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 28. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.1 goals per game.

Through 82 games, Los Angeles' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 35 goals and 19 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 54. On the season, he is turning 14.2% 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 82 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.0%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -6 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Jonathan Quick, who is giving up an average of 2.59 goals per game. In his 46 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 52 percent of the time.

In Edmonton's 82 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-39-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 17-23-1. On the season, 65.0% 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 34-45-3. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 18-21-2. 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. So far, this series has featured plenty of offense, I see this continuing in game 4, and recommend taking the over.

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