Kings vs. Oilers Game 1 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 20, 2024

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers

For the third year in a row, the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers butt heads in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 goes Monday night.

Los Angeles
44-27-6-5
AT
April 22, 2024, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
49-27-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +150
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +6

Here we go again. Will the third time be a charm for the L.A. Kings? Two teams that have gotten to know each other rather well over the past few seasons go at it again – to say nothing of the historical ties the link the franchises. There wasn’t a whole lot separating the Kings and Oilers in the regular season, as the Albertan-side finished second in the Pacific Division with 104 points and the Californian club third with 99 points.

As expected, the NHL odds Edmonton is a moneyline favourite for Game 1, priced at -165. The Kings are +140.

Kings vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

As previously established, Los Angeles and Edmonton have duked it out two year in a row in the initial round of the postseason, and the Oilers captured both series. In 2022 they partook in a seven-game dog-fight and in 2023 the Oilers took the series in six games after falling 2-1 after the first three.

During the regular season, Edmonton won three of the four meetings, with the two easier games coming at home. If we include last year’s playoffs, the winning team has scored at least four goals in eight of the last 10 matches.

Both sides are rather healthy, by and large. The Oilers’ biggest missing piece is Evander Kane, who is listed as day-to-day as of Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles Kings

Kings fans would probably acknowledge that now is the time to get past the first round. Just making the playoffs isn’t good enough anymore. To that effect, discounting some playoff-less campaigns, the last time L.A. played the second round was 2014, which was when they last won the Stanley Cup, incidentally.

So, are they equipped to win this time around? One thing is for sure, given the armada of offensive talent they’ll be facing, defence and goaltending will be key. The King finished the season with the third best goals against average (2.56) and fifth best save percentage (.912). Cam Talbot and backup David Rittich have both had excellent seasons. Helping them out are great blue liners. As a team L.A. gave up the fourth fewest total shots on goal (2,296). Workhouse Drew Doughty, Matt Roy, Jordan Spencer, and Mikey Anderson are all tough customer.

Although the Kings don’t have a blistering attack (16th with 3.16 goals per game), they possess three players who notched 70 points: Adrien Kempe (75), Kevin Fiala (73), and Anze Kopitar (70).

Edmonton Oilers

Another edition of the Stanley Cup playoffs commences with the Edmonton Oilers pegged as one of the big favourites to win it all. Is this the year they get the job done. As a testament to how difficult is it to pull it off, the Connor McDavid era Oilers have yet to set foot on the ice in a final.

This year’s team feels different. Netminder Stuart Skinner looks much more comfortable this season (2.62 GA/G, and .905 SV) and while Calvin Pickard isn’t a threat to take over like Jack Campbell was last year, he’s been good if the Oilers need him (2.45 GA/G, .905). Evan Bouchard has been terrific since singing his extension and Mattias Ekholm looks like one of the best defencemen in the business. But, of course, it all starts with McDavid. But even he looks a bit different. The NHL’s fourth 100-assist man (just before Nikita Kucherov became the fifth) has morphed into a tremendous playmaker, better than he already way.

That’s helped Zach Hyman become a 54-goal scorer this season and supplied Leon Draisaitl with plenty of power play markers too.

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