Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 7 Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 13, 2022

A trip to the Western Conference semifinals is on the line Saturday as the Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of their first-round series.

Los Angeles
44-27-7-4
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May 14, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
49-27-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -137
Moneyline +195
Over / Under o +6

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Puckline -1.5 +114
Moneyline -235
Over / Under u +6

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The Oilers are -220 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5 goals.

Kings vs. Oilers NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

One can make an argument that Saturday could be the most important NHL day of the year. Why? There are three Game 7s: Kings-Oilers, Lightning-Leafs and Bruins-Hurricanes. If the Canadian drought to win the Stanley Cup is to end, Saturday will have a big say in that. In addition, there are zero NBA playoff games, so the NHL will have the spotlight to itself.

The most Game 7s in a round is six, set in 1992. The last time the playoffs had four or more Game 7s (which may or may not happen depending on Friday’s results) in the opening round was 2011.

Saturday’s winner will face Calgary or Dallas in the West semifinals – those two were to play Game 6 of their series Friday night. St. Louis and Colorado already are through on the other side of the bracket. To win the West, Edmonton is +654 and Los Angeles +2700.

The road team is 8-3 in the past 11 meetings.

Los Angeles Kings

Saturday will mark the first time since April 30, 2014, that three Game 7s will be contested on the same day. Los Angeles is looking to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2014. Kudos to the Kings for rallying from an early 2-0 second-period deficit in Game 6 on goals by Sean Durzi (first of series) and Carl Grundstrom (third) to tie 2-2, but then Edmonton took control late in the third period to win 4-2.

Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 33 shots and certainly will be in there again Saturday. Quick leads the Kings in all-time games played (19) and wins (10) among goaltenders in potential series-clinching contests. Only Marc-Andre Fleury of the since-eliminated Wild has more wins in clinching games among active netminders. Los Angeles is 7-4 all-time in Game 7s and has won its past four.

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid was the No. 1 star of Game 6 with a goal and two assists – he got the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 1:40 of the first, and Edmonton is now 11-5 in elimination games when scoring first. McDavid leads all players with 12 points in these playoffs. Evander Kane had two goals, including the clinching empty-netter. His seven goals are third-most in franchise history in one series. Jari Kurri holds the record with a whopping 12 in the 1985 conference finals. Defenceman Tyson Barrie scored the go-ahead goal with 5:10 remaining. He became the first Oilers blueliner to score a game-winning goal when facing elimination since 1998.

Another defenceman, Darnell Nurse, was suspended for Game 6 but will be back Saturday. After a shaky Game 5, Mike Smith stopped 30 of 32 shots. The Oilers are 6-4 in all-time Game 7s, including 3-1 at home.

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