Two clubs squaring off for the first time this season, the Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers meet at Rogers Place for a divisional tilt. This one will get going at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2 and it is being televised live on Sportsnet West.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds
With a moneyline of -120, Edmonton enters the contest as the favorite. The line for Los Angeles sits at +100, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 under, +100 over.
Los Angeles is 23-16 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.2 units this season. Through 39 regular season outings, 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just three have pushed. This 2017-18 Kings team is 12-8 SU on the road.
Los Angeles has converted on just 15.9 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off a whopping 87.1 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Kings have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 5.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 11.0 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Boasting a .927 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Jonathan Quick (18-13-2) has been the primary option in goal for Los Angeles this season. If head coach John Stevens chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Darcy Kuemper (5-5-3 record, .934 save percentage, 2.11 goals against average).
The visiting Kings will be led by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Kopitar (40 points) has tallied 17 goals and 23 assists, and has recorded multiple points 11 times. Brown has 13 goals and 16 assists to his creditand has registered a point in 20 games.
Over on the other bench, Edmonton is 17-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 39 regular season outings, 19 of its games have gone over the total, while another 19 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 8-12 SU at home this year.
The Oilers have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 71.8 percent of all penalties.
Edmonton players have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cam Talbot has denied 26.8 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Oilers. Talbot has 14 wins, 15 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has recorded a pedestrian 3.01 goals against average and a poor .905 save percentage this season.
Connor McDavid (14 goals, 31 assists) will lead the attack for the Oilers.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Over
Four of Los Angeles’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-3 in those games.
The Kings are 10-8 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Oilers are 7-13 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
The total has gone under in three of Edmonton’s last five outings.
Edmonton has allowed 3.2 goals per game overall this year, but has allowed 4.3 goals per matchup over its three-game losing streak.
Edmonton skaters have averaged 17.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.4 giveaways per game (ranked 28th in the league).
Los Angeles skaters have averaged 8.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.7 giveaways per game (ranked 22nd in the league).
This game features a couple of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Los Angeles skaters have given out the league’s third-most hits per game (25.2) while the Oilers have handed the most (27.4).