The LA Kings’ playoff push continues tonight in Edmonton with a meeting against the competitive Oilers. The Oilers are trying to duplicate what the Kings did not that long ago by hoisting Lord’s Stanley Cup at the conclusion of the playoffs. It may feel like it was decades ago, but if you recall, the Oilers were a team in contention back in 2005-06.
It’s a while ago, but probably not as long as you thought. Same for the Hurricanes, who ended up beating the Oilers in that year’s edition of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers have been a blip on the map since. However, a guy by the name of Connor McDavid changed all of that.
Everything changed after McDavid arrived in Edmonton. He is the kind of player that doesn’t come around too often, and the Oilers were fortunate enough to nab him as the first-overall selection in the 2015 draft. McDavid has met expectations and exceeded them. He is currently tied with Sidney Crosby for the most points in the NHL with 80, and 1st in assists with a mark of 55.
For the Kings, they must make some ground up here in the final month of action. They find themselves the last team out in the Western Conference at the moment, but that equates to 6 points back of the final wildcard. The final spot is being occupied by the St. Louis Blues.
The Kings barely made the playoffs to win the Stanley Cup in 2011-12, so maybe lightning strikes twice? We made a successful pick last night, as the Flyers fought off the Hurricanes for a 4-3 win in overtime. We’re looking for more tonight. Scroll down for our free and exclusive Kings vs. Oilers pick.
L.A. Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick
The Kings had a longgg homestand before heading to western Canada. They had seven straight games at home, which saw them win four games, before turning their attention to the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. The Flames took care of business, denying the Kings of a critical win to bolster their playoff resume. Back at it tonight in Edmonton, the Kings will look to make it back up. This is not your Oilers team from a few years ago, they’re 38-24-4 and looking to make an impact in the playoffs.
Note that the Oilers own 85 points and at the least will be expecting a wildcard. The offence has been playing well lately, averaging 3.10 goals per game in their past ten outings. They’ve scored a whopping 16 goals in their last three games. Whereas the Kings have scored 2.58 goals per game in their last ten, and 6 in their last three games. Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick both got some work in last night in Calgary, but allowed 2 goals each.
This will be the rubber match of the season, as the Kings won in November and the Oilers returning the favour the next month. This matchup will be the eight in a row at home for the Oilers, where they are 19-12-1 in Edmonton. I see a similar scenario playing out tonight as it did in Calgary last night. The Kings are going to hit some turbulence after that long homestand at home, as I expect the same from the Oilers when they take to the road. The pick tonight, though, is on the Oilers.
PICK: OILERS (-130)