Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers - 5/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (52-29-7) vs Los Angeles Kings (47-30-11)
Game Info: Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Place)
Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers -225 / Los Angeles Kings +187 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings in Saturday NHL Playoff Action.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to bounce back from a game 6 loss by the score of 4-2. On the season, they have found the net 239 times, good for a rank of 20th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 8th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.83 goals per game. During the regular season, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 19th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 17th-ranked team in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to close out the Kings at home, as they came up with a big game 6 win. Through 82 games, the Oilers have scored 290 goals, giving them an average of 3.48. This output gives them a rank of 7th among NHL teams. On defense, Edmonton is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 3.06 goals per contest. During the regular season, the Oilers have played the 17th 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 11th in the NHL.
Through 82 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 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.
Through 82 games, Edmonton's leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 55 goals and 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. In his 45 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44 percent of the time.
The over-under line for this deciding game 7, comes in at 6.5 goals. In this final game between Edmonton and Los Angeles, I recommend taking the over. In particular, look for the Oilers to have a big scoring night. Throughout the regular season, Edmonton has been one of the better teams at generating scoring chances.
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