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Kings vs. Oilers Pick – NHL December 30th

Last night the Buffalo Sabres got torched on defense again, allowing 5 goals in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. If the Sabres can at the very least have an okay offense then OVER bets will hit with this team. It is kind of remarkable the transition. Early in the season the Sabres were an automatic bet on the UNDER, and now they have been an ATM machine to the OVER. That makes nine straight games in which that bet has come through in Sabre games. It was definitely a good omen placing Bobby Ryan as the picture for yesterday’s article. Ryan provided the Sens with a major lift, scoring the natural hat-trick by securing the first three goals of the game for the Senators. He made it look easy against this Sabres’ defense, who has made average offenses look like great ones. Look for this trend to continue in Buffalo games, as their defense should continue to be hampered.

It used to be the Oilers and Sabres were battling it out for the worst team in the NHL. It’s clear now that the honor for the worst team in the league goes to the Edmonton Oilers. After losing eleven straight games, the Oilers snapped that agonizing losing streak with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Momentum and some confidence had to be on their side, right? Wrong. The Oilers haven’t won a game since then. They’ve now lost nine straight, coming close to their previous skid of eleven games. So with that considered, the Oilers are 1-20 in their last twenty one games. Yikes. Tonight they will look to knock off the defending Stanley Cup Champions, who are fresh off a loss to the Calgary Flames.

L.A Kings @ Edmonton Oilers

So what gives with this Edmonton Oilers team? Can we narrow it down to one distinct flaw with this bunch? It isn’t one issue, but rather a systematic problem across the entire roster. No offense, no defense, no leadership, no fire or passion from anybody every night. And Ben Scrivens thought he had it bad in Toronto. The Oilers are letting in 3.42 goals per game, dead last 30th in the NHL. In their last four games they’ve given up nearly 5 goals per game, 4.75. Likewise, their offense is brutal, too. The Oilers are 27th in the NHL in scoring, mustering up only 2.11 goals per game.

The only saving grace for the Oilers in this game is that the Kings have not been good playing on the road this year at all, just look at last night. L.A. is 4-8-2-3 on the road, but after dropping their matchup against the Flames last night, does anyone really think the Oilers will be able to compete tonight? I really don’t see the Kings losing back-to-back to these Alberta teams. This is still a good 18-12-3-4 squad and know how to find success in this league. I don’t foresee them being embarrassed against the Oilers tonight after feeling the taste of defeat last night. I expect a focused effort from the Kings, and at this point, what is else is there really to say about the Oilers? Lay the -1.5 and look for a relatively easy Kings victory at an excellent price.

Pick – L.A. KINGS -1.5 (+161) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)