Kings vs. Oilers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Oilers are listed as a -130 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Kings are a +110 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals.
Los Angeles enters with a 23-11-5-0 record after a 4-3 win at Vancouver Saturday. Edmonton is 17-19-2-1 following a 5-0 home loss to Winnipeg on Sunday. The Oilers went 3-1 in four meetings last season. The under went 3-1.
The Kings were paced by Tyler Toffoli in the win at the Canucks as he tallied a goal and two assists. Marian Gaborik contributed a goal and an assist. Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty each added a goal. Trevor Lewis dished out two assists. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves on 25 shots to register the victory. Doughty broke a 3-3 tie with 13:11 to go in the third period with his goal.
Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot made 33 saves on 38 shots to suffer the loss against Winnipeg. Oscar Klefbom recorded five shots on goal to lead the offense. As a team, the Oilers had 35 shots on goal in the shutout defeat. The Jets scored twice in the first period and twice in the second to put it away.
Los Angeles is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings. The home team is 7-0 in the last seven meetings.
While the hosts have dominated this series, I'm going with the better team. The Oilers looked inept in the loss to the Jets, while LA is continuing to play solid hockey in front of Quick. Go with the underdog in this nationally televized contest.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES KINGS +110