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Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers 4/17/2023 Previews, Odds and Picks

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers 4/17/2023 Previews, Odds and Picks

West 1st Round – Game 1, Series starts 4/17

The Los Angeles Kings are set to face off against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the Pacific Division first-round best-of-seven series on Monday night. The Kings had a solid regular season with a record of 47-25-10 and 104 points, placing them in third in the Pacific Division, five points behind the Oilers in second place. Heading into the playoffs, Los Angeles has won their last two games and is looking to carry that momentum into the series. 

Adrian Kempe has been a key offensive contributor for the Kings with a team-leading 41 goals scored, while Kevin Fiala leads the team in assists with 49, and Anze Kopitar has the most points with 74. In goal, Phoenix Copley boasts a record of 24-6-3, a goals-against average of 2.64, a save percentage of .903, and one shutout. On average, the Kings score 3.34 goals per game and allow 3.10 goals per game, and their power play unit is successful 25.3% of the time, while their penalty kill has a success rate of 75.8%.

  • The total stayed UNDER in 4 of the Kings’ last 5 games on the road against Edmonton.
  • Los Angeles is 13-5 SU in their last 18 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division.
  • The Los Angeles Kings are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games played in April.

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers 4/17/2023 Previews, Odds and Picks

The Edmonton Oilers had a strong showing in the regular season, finishing with a record of 50-23-9 and 109 points, just two points behind the division-leading Vegas Golden Knights. The Oilers closed out the regular season with a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks and were one of the hottest teams in the league, winning nine of their final 10 games. Led by the remarkable Connor McDavid, who tallied an impressive 64 goals and 89 assists for a total of 153 points, the Oilers boast one of the most potent offenses in the league.

Stewart Skinner has been solid with a record of 29-14-5, a goals-against average of 2.75, and a save percentage of .914. The Oilers score 3.96 goals per game and allow 3.12 goals per game. Their power play is among the most successful in the league, operating at 32.4%, while their penalty kill is successful 77.9% of the time.

  • The Edmonton Oilers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home.
  • The total stayed UNDER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 5 games at home against Los Angeles. 
  • Edmonton is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers. The NHL pick for this game is the Edmonton Oilers. In the first game of their Pacific Division first-round best-of-seven series, the Edmonton Oilers are favored to win over the Los Angeles Kings. However, the smarter bet is on the UNDER. The UNDER has hit in four of the last five games that the Kings have played at Edmonton’s home ice, and in five of the last six games overall between the two teams. Kings Phoenix Copley, has an average of 2.64 goals against, while Edmonton’s Stewart Skinner has an average of 2.75 goals against. Prediction: the Oilers will win 4-2.

NHL Starting Time: 10:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Rogers Place in Alberta, CAN

Date: Monday, April 17, 2023


NHL Odds:  Edmonton Oilers -190

NHL Totals: 6.5

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