Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 25, 2024

It’s a potential Western Conference playoff preview on Monday night as the Edmonton Oilers host the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings.

Los Angeles
44-27-6-5
AT
February 26, 2024, 9:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
49-27-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -185
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -165
Over / Under u +6

The Oilers are priced as -160 favourites on the NHL odds.

Kings vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

If the Los Angeles Kings were excellent at home they might be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, but they are just 11-10-6 on home ice compared to a stellar 18-7-4 on the road. Note that this is the front end of a back-to-back for the Kings as they visit Calgary on Tuesday, so that will affect who is in net against Edmonton. 

Monday is the third of four regular-season meetings between the Pacific Division rivals that sit third and fourth in the division. They have split the first two in Los Angeles. Connor McDavid (1G, 1A) leads the Oilers with two points in the series. Stuart Skinner started both in net and has a 2.46 goals-against average and .906 save per centage. Quinton Byfield (2G, 2A) leads the Kings with four points. David Rittich pitched a shutout in his win in net, and former Oiler Cam Talbot allowed two goals in his loss. 

Neither of these teams is likely catching Vancouver for first place in the Pacific, but Vegas is only a few points ahead of each in second. Finishing in second over third means home-ice advantage in a first-round 

Los Angeles Kings

This starts a three-game swing through Canada for the Kings, who are off a 3-2 home shootout win over Anaheim on Saturday. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Trevor Moore scored in the shootout, and it was only LA’s second win in seven shootouts this season. Both regulation goals came on the power play via Kevin Fiala (16th of season) and Drew Doughty (13th). Doughty also had an assist to hit the 20-assist mark for his 11th straight season dating to 2013-14. The only active defenceman with a longer run was Ryan Suter (13 from 2007-08 – 2019-20). David Rittich stopped 22 of 24 shots to improve to 9-3-3 with a 2.21 GAA and .917 SV. He appears to have overtaken Cam Talbot as the No. 1 but as we noted this is the front end of a back-to-back so it’s not clear which it will be Monday. The Kings may want to allow Talbot to face his former team. They are 5-1 in their past six games. Defenceman Mikey Anderson (15 points) is out injured. 

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton lost its third straight home game Saturday, 6-3 against Calgary as the Flames were up 3-0 by the 15:53 mark of the first. Zach Hyman had two goals for the Oilers and is up to 37 on the season, while Mattias Janmark (fourth) had the other. Connor McDavid had two assists and has 21 assists over nine contests since his last goal.  He has four straight games with multiple assists, one shy of his career high set in 2020-21. Wayne Gretzky holds the franchise and NHL record with eight straight such games in 1984-85. Evan Bouchard collected his 40th assist in his 55th game of the season. The last Oilers defenceman to reach the 40-assist mark in fewer contests was Paul Coffey in 1986-87 as he did it in 46 games. Stuart Skinner allowed five goals on 30 shots and is 2-3-1 over his past six outings. The Flames scored six goals in Edmonton for just the third time in the past 25 years. Edmonton is 15-5 in its past 20 at home. 

NHL Prediction: Who Will Win Kings vs. Oilers?

NHL Predictions
SportsInteraction