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Oilers vs Kings Predictions For Game 7 | Moneyline, Prop, & Parlay Bets For Stanley Cup Playoffs

Frank AmmiranteFantasy Sports & Betting Writer
Posted: May 13, 2022Last updated: May 13, 2022

The Oilers staved off elimination with a road win in Game 6, extending the series to seven games and sending it back home to Edmonton. Connor McDavid came through with a dominant performance, notching one goal and two assists to lead his team to victory.

This series has been as unpredictable as it gets. Just when you think that the Kings finally have the advantage, the Oilers bounce back with a win. Earlier in the series, when Edmonton had come off consecutive blowout wins, it looked to be in the bag, but that wasn’t the case.

Let’s take a look at the odds in Game 7 to see if we can figure out how this surprising Western Conference first-round series will conclude.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Friday, May 13, at 9 a.m. EST.

Oilers vs Kings Game 7 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-220) / Kings (+180)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+120) / Kings +1.5 (-140)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (+100)/Under 6.5 (-120)

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Oilers vs Kings Game 7 Prediction

The market expects the Oilers to take care of business and wrap up the series here, giving them a high price as -220 favorites. Given what we’ve seen throughout this matchup, this feels like an overpriced line.

The total stays at 6.5 goals, but the Under is a bit more expensive at -120. The six games have been split at three apiece among both Over and Under.

The Kings finally converted a power play in Game 6, boosting their total to 3-of-24 in the series. Perhaps that one goal can get them going on special teams.

Oilers vs Kings Game 7 Pick

Kings 3, Oilers 2

I’ve been on the Oilers’ side for most of this series, but I’ve been impressed by the resiliency shown by the Kings. Even going down 2-0 in Game 6, they were able to tie the game and put a scare into Edmonton.

Despite dropping the sixth game at home, this has the feel of a Game 7 where everyone goes back to the heavy favorite, but the underdog squeaks out a shocking victory.

The Kings are essentially playing with house money right now. They’ve shown a valiant effort throughout this series as a pesky team that never quits. Their Stanley Cup experience with veterans like Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, and Phillip Danault could prove vital here.

Oilers vs Kings Game 7 Best Bets

Kings Moneyline (+180) 

WAGER: 1 Unit

There is way too much value on the Kings right now. This has been a closely contested series and there’s no reason for the home team to be laying -220 in this spot.

Los Angeles has the advantage in net with Jonathan Quick over Mike Smith. This matters a great deal in a do-or-die situation as we have here.

I’m all over the value at +180 in this one. I’m impressed with what I’ve seen from the Kings in the last three games.

I’m projecting the Oilers to disappoint once again in a close Game 7 loss.

Under 1.5 1st Period Goals (+125)

WAGER: 1 Unit

We’re getting solid value on the Under in the 1st period. This is a Game 7, where tensions are high and teams come out tentatively early on, trying not to make a costly mistake.

We could see a 0-0 result after the first 20 minutes, but we’re getting 1.5 goals at plus money, which looks like a terrific bet in this spot.

Oilers vs Kings Game 7 Best Parlay

Oilers-Kings Parlay (+413)

  • Kings Moneyline (+180)
  • Under 6.5 Goals (-120)

WAGER: 1 Unit

I’ll parlay the Kings on the Moneyline with the Under 6.5 goals because these are two correlated outcomes. If Los Angeles is to pull it off in Game 7, they need to do it in a tight, defensive win, not a shootout with Connor McDavid and company.

This game feels like it should be closer than the line suggests, which is why I’m trying to capitalize on the value and roll with the Kings in this spot.


PREVIOUSLY: Oilers vs Kings Game 6 Predictions

The Los Angeles Kings pulled off a major upset with a road win in Game 5, silencing the raucous Edmonton crowd with an early overtime goal after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period. The Kings outshot the Oilers for the second consecutive game, this time 43 to 28.

The Oilers are now facing elimination, which is bad news for a team that has struggled to exorcise its playoff demons. They’ve failed to go on deep despite having the best player in the world in Connor McDavid.

Let’s dive in to see if the Oilers can stay alive with a win in Los Angeles as we take a look at the best bets in Game 6 of this Western Conference first-round matchup.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Wednesday, May 11, at 9 a.m. EST.

Oilers vs Kings Game 6 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-150) / Kings (+130)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+160) / Kings +1.5 (-190)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-105) / Under 6.5 (-115)

Oilers vs Kings Game 6 Prediction

The Oilers are (-150) road favorites, which is only 10 cents cheaper than their price in Game 4. The market continues to project Edmonton as the winning team here, but it’s beginning to look like we have an overvalued line here.

The total remains at 6.5 goals, as it’s been pretty even between Over and Under here, with the combined score eclipsing this number in three of five games.

The common theme that I’ve been harping on throughout this series is the Kings’ struggles with the power play. They went 1-for-5 in Game 5, but they’re still only 2-of-20 on the series.

However, it may be time to rethink this as a major weakness. The Kings are playing too well in even-strength situations right now.

Oilers vs Kings Game 6 Pick

Kings 4, Oilers 3

I’ve been backing the Oilers throughout this series, as I really thought that this was the year where they’d go on a long run with the way they had been playing under new coach Jay Woodcroft.

However, I’ve decided to shift gears here. This has the classic look of the underdog with playoff experience overcoming the more talented favorite.

The Kings have Stanley Cup experience with Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, and Phillip Danault. These three players have been difference-makers and look poised to help Los Angeles pull off this upset.

Oilers vs Kings Game 6 Best Bets

Kings Moneyline (+130)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Simply put, we have to acknowledge that the Oilers are overpriced right now. They’ve been outplayed in the last two games and have no business laying (-150) on the road in Los Angeles.

I’m happy to take the value on the home underdog here at (+130). Los Angeles has outshot Edmonton by a solid margin in each of the last two games.

It’s starting to look like the Oilers are headed home early once again.

1st Period: Under 2 Goals (-135)

WAGER: 1 Unit

I love that we are getting 2 instead of 1.5 goals for the 1st period total. Three goals is a high bar for one period, so I’ll happily take the Under with the likely worst case coming with a push on this bet.

There’s a chance that we see a more conservative start to this one since it’s an elimination game for the Oilers. They’ll have to weather the storm of the hostile Los Angeles environment early on, so the Under looks good here.

Oilers vs Kings Game 6 Best Parlay

Oilers-Kings Parlay (+349)

  • Oilers Moneyline (+130)
  • Over 6.5 Goals (-105)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Adding the Over 6.5 goals to my Kings Moneyline here is a good way to hedge against the 1st Period Under. If there are three or more goals in the 1st period, there’s a great chance that the full game total will go Over the number.

At the same time, a 1st Period Under does not necessarily mean that the full game Over is dead, so we still have an opportunity to win both bets. That’s what you want in a hedge.

I like the Kings to win the game, and the Over is 3-2 in this series. It just feels safer to be on that side considering how high-scoring the playoffs have been this year. There have been 36 goals in this series so far, which averages out to 7.2 per game.


PREVIOUSLY: Oilers vs Kings Game 5 Predictions

The Los Angeles Kings came through with a much-needed victory in Game 4, avoiding a 3-1 series deficit before the series shifted back to Edmonton. This was an impressive 4-0 win, where the Kings outshot the Oilers 46-31 and scored each of their four goals at even strength.

Now it’s the Oilers who face a must-win situation at home, as they don’t want to go back to Los Angeles trailing 3-2 in the series. This looks like a prime bounce-back spot for the heavy favorites following a disappointing loss.

Let’s see if that comes to fruition as we dive in to check out the best bets in Game 4 of this Western Conference first-round matchup.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Monday, May 9, at 12 p.m. EST.

Oilers vs Kings Game 5 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-210) / Kings (+175)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+115) / Kings +1.5 (-135)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-105)/Under 6.5 (-115)

Oilers vs Kings Game 5 Prediction

The Oilers are back to -210 favorites as they return to home ice. The market hasn’t adjusted at all to the 4-0 loss in Game 4, so oddsmakers are projecting a much better performance out of Edmonton this time around.

The total stays at 6.5 goals, as the Under is 2-2 in this series, so this number has been on point so far.

Despite a big win in Game 4, the Kings continued their struggles on special teams, going 0-for-3 on the power play. Los Angeles has now failed to convert on 14 of their 15 power plays in this series. If this doesn’t change soon, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to pull off this major upset.

Oilers vs Kings Game 5 Pick

Oilers 5, Kings 1

I always like to go back to the well on a heavy favorite following a disappointing loss and Game 5 fits the bill. The Oilers went 0-for-3 on the power play in Game 4, but were 5-for-11 over the previous three games. Expect them to get back on track this time around.

The Kings have done an admirable job putting up a fight in this series, but it’s going to be a daunting task to knock off the Oilers. If we dive deeper into the analytics, we see that Game 4 was the only one where the Kings had more expected goals than the Oilers.

Edmonton has been the better team in the series and should rebound with a convincing win on home ice in Game 5.

Oilers vs Kings Game 5 Best Bets

Oilers Cover -1.5 Puck Line (+115)

WAGER: 1 Unit

We have a trend in this year’s NHL playoffs. Coming into Monday night’s action, the winning team has won by two or more goals in 24-of-28 playoff games, including 12 in a row.

This series has been no different, as the average winning margin is 4.25 goals. We have seen 6-0, 8-2, and 4-0 scores in this series.

That means, if you think the Oilers are going to win like I do, it’s a better idea to just take them on the Puck Line at -1.5.

I expect Edmonton to come out flying in Game 5.

Oilers Cover -2.5 Puck Line (+210)

WAGER: 0.5 Units

Why not go up the ladder and sprinkle another bet on the Oilers to win by three or more goals? We’ve seen their ability to completely take over games in this series with two six-goal victories. We’re getting +210 value here, so let’s roll.

Make sure to put fewer units on this bet compared to the -1.5 pick because you don’t want to eat too much into your profit in the event that Edmonton wins by two goals.

Oilers vs Kings Game 5 Best Parlay

Oilers-Kings Parlay (+210)

  • Oilers Moneyline (-210)
  • Over 6.5 Goals (-105)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Oilers-Kings Game 5 Parlay

We’ll use our parlay to safeguard against the risk of the Oilers only winning by one goal. It’s too pricey to take them at a -210 moneyline in a straight bet, so combining that with the Over 6.5 reduces our risk as well.

Edmonton has demonstrated the ability to pile on goals throughout this series, so taking the Over feels like the safer choice, especially with our two puck line bets. We want Edmonton to continue to score goals, so it wouldn’t make sense to go with the Under.

Despite the 2-2 deadlock in this series, I still think the Oilers are in good shape with two home games in the event that it goes the distance. They have been the better team in this series and the Kings’ struggles on the power play will likely come back to bite them in Game 5.


PREVIOUSLY: Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Predictions

The Edmonton Oilers carried over their strong play from Game 2 into the third game of this series, dominating the Los Angeles Kings en route to an 8-2 win. Edmonton has now outscored Los Angeles 14-2 in the last two games. Evander Kane has five goals and one assist during that span.

The Kings have their backs against the wall, facing a must-win situation down 2-1. They need to figure out a way to slow down this high-flying Oilers offense.

We could even see a change in net from Jonathan Quick to Cal Petersen in net for Game 4.

It’ll be interesting to see if we get a better showing from the Kings this time around. Let’s dive in to check out the best bets in Game 4 of this Western Conference first-round matchup.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. EST.

Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-160) / Kings (+140)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+160) / Kings +1.5 (-190)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-110)/Under 6.5 (-110)

Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Prediction

The market is adjusting to the Oilers’ recent dominance, bumping up their road moneyline from -145 to -160 in Game 4, which is expected considering the Kings’ struggles.

We’ve seen a combined 23 goals during this series, but the total stays put at 6.5. Exploiting this may be a way to find an edge in Game 4.

The Kings simply have not gotten it done on special teams in this series. Edmonton’s powerplay has gone 5-for-11 in this series, while Los Angeles has converted only 1-of-12 opportunities. What’s even more concerning is that the Oilers scored seven of their eight goals at even strength in Game 4. It doesn’t look good for the Kings right now.

Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Pick

Oilers 5, Kings 2

The Oilers have completely taken over this series. Not only are they getting the usual terrific production from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but their secondary scoring has also been fantastic.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman each notched two goals and an assist in the blowout Game 3 win. Getting contributions from other lines has long been an issue for Edmonton during the McDavid era, but that’s not the case right now, which is bad news for the Kings.

It doesn’t look like Los Angeles can slow down this high-octane Oilers attack, so I’m projecting more of the same in Game 4.

Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Best Bets

Oilers OVER 3.5 Goals (-105)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Oilers have scored three, six, and eight goals in the three games of this series. Their powerplay is firing on all cylinders and the secondary scoring is on fire.

The Kings haven’t been able to slow down this offense, so we’ll continue to ride the wave by focusing on Edmonton’s team total in this spot.

This is a way to find value as an alternative approach to the moneyline, which sits at -160. If Edmonton wins, it’s likely that they score four or more goals, so we can get a cheaper -105 price by going this route.

Edmonton Oilers -1.5 (+160)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Oilers have won by six goals in each of the last two games. When their offense is rolling like this, they have the ability to blow out their opponents, so two goals is a low bar here.

It’s hard to see the Kings finding an answer after what we’ve seen in their last two losses. This has the classic look of a series where the underdog opened up with a surprisingly close win before the favorite completely took over in the next four games.

In order for Los Angeles to win, they need to turn this game into a physical and low-scoring defensive game. I don’t see that happening with the way the Oilers are playing right now. Look for another win by two or more goals for Edmonton.

Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Best Parlay

Oilers-Kings Parlay (+210)

  • Oilers ML (-160)
  • Over 6.5 Total Goals (-110)

Oilers vs Kings Game 4 Parlay

We’ll use our parlay as insurance for our puck line bet in case the Oilers only win by one goal. It’s also a good way to eliminate the risk involved in taking the -160 moneyline in a straight bet – instead, we’ll combine it with the Over for a +210 payout.

While I prefer the Oilers Over 3.5 goals to the 6.5 game total, it’s not a good idea to include the same bet in multiple wagers. I fully expect Edmonton to pot in four or more goals in this one, so we just need the Kings to do their part here.

This parlay has a strong correlation because if Edmonton wins, it’s likely that they’re continuing this offensive onslaught, leading to the Over 6.5 goals.

For Los Angeles to win, the Kings will need to play a defensive game and I don’t see that happening right now.


PREVIOUSLY: Oilers vs Kings Game 3 Predictions

The Edmonton Oilers bounced back in a big way, cruising to a 6-0 win in Game 2. Power forward Evander Kane had a huge game, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Goaltender Mike Smith stepped up after his Game 1 gaffe, stopping all 30 shots for the shutout.

The Los Angeles Kings will look for a better effort at home in Game 3. They’ll need to replicate their Game 1 showing, where they were able to slow down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Expect to see a closer contest in the third game of this series. Let’s look closer to find out who has the edge in Game 3 of this Western Conference first-round matchup.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Friday, May 6, at 9 a.m. ET.

Oilers vs Kings Game 3 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-145) / Kings (+125)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+180) / Kings +1.5 (-220)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (+100)/Under 6.5 (-120)

Oilers vs Kings Game 3 Prediction

The odds are much closer this time around, as the Oilers have fallen from -200 to -145 favorites, which is expected since the Kings are now at home.

Having said that, the -145 price indicates that the market expects Edmonton to get it done on the road. This could have to do with the recency bias following the Oilers’ blowout win in Game 2.

The problem for Los Angeles is that they haven’t been able to slow down this Oilers’ power play, which has gone 4-for-8 in the series. If the Kings can’t figure out their penalty kill, Edmonton should prevail once again in Game 3.

Oilers vs Kings Game 3 Pick

Oilers 3, Kings 2

While I expect the Kings to come out flying in their first home playoff game of the year, look for the Oilers to weather the early storm and take the series lead with a win here.

Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith looked rock solid between the pipes in the shutout win in Game 2. Strong play in the net is the missing piece to this Oilers team. If Smith can keep it up, it’s going to be really tough for the Kings to hang around in this series.

The Kings not only need to figure out how to stop this Oilers’ power play, but they need to get their own on track as well. Los Angeles has gone 0-for-8 with a man advantage in the first two games of this series. Struggling on special teams is bad news against a team like Edmonton.

Oilers vs Kings Game 3 Best Bets

UNDER 6.5 Goals (-120)

WAGER: 1 Unit

It’s likely going to be more difficult for the Oilers to rack up goals while playing on the road. We can project a tighter and defensive game here.

The total of 6.5 goals is a high bar to clear, especially with the Kings struggling so much on the power play. Add in Smith’s recent performance and goals could be harder to come by in this spot.

The Under was 44-34-4 in Kings’ games this season, which is an added bonus to this NHL Bet of the Day.

UNDER 1.5 1st-Period Goals (+140)

WAGER: 1 Unit

We’re getting nice value on the 1st Period Under here at a (+140) price. This bet has a strong correlation to our full game Under. If the first period finishes with one goal or fewer, there’s a good chance that the full game will conclude with six or fewer goals.

I like Edmonton to win this one and it’s more likely that they come out with a more conservative game plan, especially as they try to quell the home-ice boost from the raucous LA crowd.

The Kings’ Game 1 success in 5-on-5 situations seemed unsustainable and we saw that in their 6-0 loss in Game 2. They desperately need to get on track on the power play, but I’m betting against that for the third game in a row. Take the value on the Under here.

Oilers vs Kings Game 3 Best Parlay

Oilers-Kings Parlay (+210)

  • Oilers Moneyline 
  • Under 6.5 Goals

WAGER: 1 Unit

I like the Oilers to carry over their momentum and grab a series lead with a win in Game 3, but I’m not comfortable laying -145 on the road team in a straight bet. Putting Oilers Moneyline in a parlay with my favorite bet of the game is a better way to manage my risk.

The Oilers came into this series as heavy favorites and we’re seeing that reflected in the odds for each game. This is a team that has taken off under new head coach Jay Woodcroft and I’m projecting them to go on a deep playoff run.

While the Kings are a team on the rise amid a surprising season, they’re overmatched in this series.


PREVIOUSLY: Oilers vs Kings Game 2 Predictions

The Los Angeles Kings got off to a great start, squeaking out a 4-3 road win in Game 1. Center Phillip Danault scored a late goal to help LA pull off the upset. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was sharp, stopping 36-of-39 shots to provide a steady presence between the pipes.

The Edmonton Oilers have to be disappointed with that result and now face a must-win situation in Game 2, as you can’t drop the first two home games in a series. Mike Smith needs to be better in net this time around, especially after his failed clearance attempt allowed the Kings to get the game-winner in Game 1.

Look for the Oilers to come out flying in the second game of this series. Let’s dive in to find out who has the edge in Game 2 of this Western Conference first-round matchup.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Wednesday, May 4, at 9 a.m. EST. 

Oilers vs Kings Game 2 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-200) / Kings (+170)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+130) / Kings +1.5 (-150)
  • Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-105)/Under 6.5 (-115)

Oilers vs Kings Game 2 Prediction

The Moneyline has remained the same, with the Oilers as -200 favorites, just as they were in Game 1. The market expects Edmonton to bounce back in Game 2.

I would have to agree here, as it’s tough to see a team that I expected to go on a deep playoff run drop the first two home games of this series.

The Oilers went 2-for-4 on the powerplay in Game 1 and if the Kings can’t improve their penalty kill, they could be in for a long night in Game 2.

Oilers vs Kings Game 2 Pick

Oilers 4, Kings 1

Smith made a major error that essentially cost the team the game. His giveaway allowed the Kings to keep the puck in the attacking zone and convert on a scoring chance to take the lead.

Smith came into the playoffs as one of the hottest goalies in the NHL, so I project a better performance in Game 2.

The good news for Edmonton is that the team showed resiliency in Game 1, coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits before ultimately dropping the game.

The key in Game 2 is they need to get off to an early lead so they can control the pace. It’s a good sign to see their special teams working so well, as they scored two powerplay goals and prevented the Kings’ PP unit from converting.

Oilers vs Kings Game 2 Best Bets

Oilers -1.5 Puck Line (+130)

WAGER: 1 Unit

One of my favorite trends to target in the NHL Playoffs is to take a heavy favorite in Game 2 following a loss in the first game of the series.

While -200 is an expensive price, we can find value on the puckline here. This is a must-win situation for Edmonton, as it’s extremely difficult to erase a 2-0 series deficit if you dropped the first two games at home.

You can bet that the team that got swept in the first round against the Winnipeg Jets last year will come out flying in Game 2. An Oilers’ win by two or more goals at +130 looks like terrific value for our NHL Bet of the Day.

Oilers -0.5 in 1st Period (+130)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Oilers come into Game 2 as a desperate team. That means they’re likely to come out flying when the puck drops. We’re getting good value on Edmonton to maintain a lead at the 1st intermission.

This selection has a positive correlation with our other bet because if a team is leading after one period, there’s a higher probability that they’ll win by two or more goals.

Alternatively, it can act as a hedge if the Oilers jump out to an early lead before blowing the game or winning by only one goal.

If the Kings struggle to stay out of the penalty box early, Edmonton could pile up the goals with how strong their powerplay looked in Game 1.

Oilers vs Kings Game 2 Best Parlay

Oilers-Kings Parlay (+170)

  • Oilers Moneyline 
  • Under 6.5 Goals

WAGER: 1 Unit

Oilers-Kings Game 2 Parlay

I’m projecting the Oilers to take care of business by more than one goal in a must-win game here. That correlates well with the Under because if we’re having one team score most of the goals, it’s likely to go below the total.

It’s hard to stomach laying -200 on the Moneyline with Edmonton, so I wanted to include that in a parlay to minimize my risk. It’s also a good hedge against my Oilers -1.5 bet on the Puck Line to provide insurance in case Edmonton only wins by one goal.


PREVIOUSLY: Oilers vs Kings Game 1 Predictions

The Edmonton Oilers come into the Stanley Cup playoffs on a high note, going 26-9-3 under new head coach Jay Woodcroft. Evander Kane has been a terrific addition, scoring 22 goals in only 43 games with the team. The Oilers look ready to make noise, starting with a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings have exceeded expectations this season, putting up a 44-27-11 record, which is a massive improvement over last season’s 21-28-7 finish. It’s a team with strong two-way play down the middle with Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault. Los Angeles has one of the best farm systems in the league, making them a team on the rise.

It should be an interesting series between an Oilers team that could be finally putting altogether and one of the biggest surprises in the NHL. Let’s dive into the odds to find an edge in this first-round matchup.

NHL playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbooks and current as of Monday, May 2, at noon ET.

Oilers vs Kings Game 1 Odds

  • Moneyline: Oilers (-200) / Kings (+170)
  • Puck Line: Oilers -1.5 (+120) / Kings +1.5 (-140)
  • Over/Under: Over 6 (-125)/Under 6 (+105)

Oilers vs Kings Game 1 Prediction

The Oilers are one of the biggest favorites in the first round. Led by superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, this team is firing on all cylinders coming into the playoffs.

While the Kings have centers who can cause issues for the Oilers’ dynamic duo in Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault, it’s going to be tough for them to score enough to keep pace with their high-flying opponents.

Rogers Place should be roaring in Edmonton, making it a hostile environment for the upstart Kings. They need to weather the storm and take the air out of the arena with a defensive game plan and perhaps an early goal to get off to a strong start in this series.

Oilers vs Kings Game 1 Pick

Oilers 3, Kings 2

The Oilers have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL under their new head coach. The addition of Evander Kane has taken Edmonton to the next level, while veteran goaltender Mike Smith has been on fire of late, putting up a .951 save percentage during his current nine-game winning streak.

The Kings should make it more difficult for the Oilers to score goals here, but we’ll ride with the home team. Look for Edmonton to keep it rolling in Game 1 in a tighter, more low-scoring game.

Oilers vs Kings Game 1 Best Bets

Under 6 Goals (+105) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

The NHL Playoffs are an entirely different animal than the regular season. Teams tighten up defensively and we tend to see lower scoring games.

Despite this, we’re seeing the totals market project games as if this were not the case. We’re going to ride with the Under here until the oddsmakers adjust the change in gameplay that is so often seen during the playoffs.

Mike Smith has been on fire for the Oilers and the Kings are likely to play it close to the vest as road underdogs in the first game of this series. We’re also getting plus money here, which is a major bonus. Let’s ride with the Under in Game 1.

Oilers -1.5 Puck Line (+120) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.5 Units

The Oilers are -200 favorites here for good reason, as this team is well-equipped for a long playoff run. We’ve been waiting for years for Connor McDavid to finally make some noise during the postseason and it appears like the time is now.

It’s not a good idea to lay such heavy juice in any hockey game, so we’ll sprinkle on the puck line at +120. Mike Smith is playing out of his mind right now and is likely to cause fits for the Kings.

This bet can also cover us if the Oilers get an empty-net goal, causing the total to push at six goals.


Oilers vs Kings Odds To Win Series

  • Oilers (-240)
  • Kings (+200)

The Oilers are heavy favorites in this series, as the Kings are a surprise team and essentially playing with house money right now.

Oilers vs Kings Series Prediction

It’s time for the best player on the planet Connor McDavid to go on a deep playoff run. This is the most well-rounded team that we’ve seen in Edmonton during the McDavid era. If Mike Smith can continue his outstanding play, we could see a short series in Round 1.

However, we should note that the Kings have some heavy playoff experience on this roster. Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick are holdovers from the Stanley Cup-winning teams, while Phillip Danault just got to the big dance last year as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

Having said that, I just don’t think that the Kings have enough firepower to hang around for long in this series.

Oilers vs Kings Series Pick

Oilers in 5 Games

Whenever we see a talented team take off under a new head coach, we need to take notice. That’s exactly what has happened with the Oilers. Edmonton is a much better team than their overall record and should be priced as one of the major contenders in the playoffs.

However, they’re still considered a major underdog, coming into the postseason at +1800 odds to win the Stanley Cup. Expect them to make a major statement in Round 1, taking care of the upstart Kings in five games.

Oilers vs Kings Series Best Bets

Oilers -1.5 (-115) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

It’s hard for me to envision the Kings winning outright or forcing this series to seven games. This is a team that was not expected to make the playoffs this year. They put up a +3 goal differential, which is the second-lowest among postseason teams, only ahead of the Dallas Stars.

While the Oilers are too heavily priced to take outright in the series, we’ll go with the -1.5 handicap because I believe that the Kings’ ceiling here is to lose in six games. There’s simply too much firepower in Edmonton.

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Frank Ammirante

Before joining The Game Day, Frank spent three years in the fantasy sports and betting industry, writing for websites like RotoBaller and 4for4football. Frank is an active member of the fantasy baseball and fantasy football community, participating in high-stakes leagues like NFBC/NFFC as well as industry competitions like Scott Fish Bowl, RazzBowl, and TGFBI. Frank is a member of the FSWA and IBWAA. Give him a shout to talk fantasy sports and sports betting.

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