The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers are at Rogers Place for Game 5 of the Western Conference Playoffs. The Kings came through with a clutch win at Crypto.com Arena in Game 4 on Sunday.
— x – LA Kings (@LAKings) May 9, 2022
It was virtually a must-win scenario for the Kings in Game 4 at home. Going down 3-1 to the Oilers heading back to Alberta would have been a death sentence for the Kings in this series.
The Kings would have found it extremely difficult to win three straight against the Oilers. As much as Edmonton has choked away the playoffs in the past, this would have been tough on the Kings.
The Kings have plenty of life going into Edmonton after an impressive 4-0 effort. They don’t have a home-ice advantage and will have to steal a game in Alberta, but it’s doable.
This isn’t a bad Kings team that was going to be pushed around in this series. They finished 44-27-11 with 99 points. Keep in mind the Kings were only five points behind the Oilers in the Pacific Division.
The Oilers have the better team on paper, but we’ve seen effort override talent often in the playoffs this year. Getting over the hump in the Connor McDavid era has been a problem for the Oilers as well.
Jonathan Quick bounced back nicely after getting chased out of Game 3. He made 31 saves for a shutout after allowing 4 goals on 17 shots in a 8-2 loss.
Mike Smith did what he could do in Game 4. He was under attack often, with 45 shots against and 3 goals conceded for a 0.933 save percentage.
Head below for our free Kings vs. Oilers Game 5 prediction on May 10, 2022.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 5 Live Betting Odds:
|LA Kings||+1.5 (-130)||+180||Over 6.5 (+100)|
|Edmonton Oilers||-1.5 (+110)||-220||Under 6.5 (-120)|
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|125% up to $2,500|
|100% up to $1,000|
|100% up to $500|
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|Team Data||LA Kings||Edmonton Oilers|
|Goals Per Game||2.85||3.51|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.90||3.03|
|Shots Per Game||35.15||34.10|
|Shots Against Per Game||28.88||32.60|
Kings vs. Oilers Game 5 Prediction:
Edmonton is going to come harder at home than they did in Game 4. The Kings will need another strong performance from Jonathan Quick in this one if they’re going back to California. Quick made some timely saves, but he should be under more pressure tonight.
The Oilers failed to set up in the Kings’ defensive zone and truly put pressure on Quick. Expect that to be a different experience for Quick and the Kings at Rogers Place. They will likely be greeted by an aggressive Oilers squad.
Edmonton is scoring at a 3.79 goal per game clip at home this season. Overall, they’re seventh in the NHL with 3.51 goals per game, so the Oilers see a healthy bump at Rogers Place.
LA surprised in Game 1 with a big effort for a 4-3, but regressed in Game 2, as the Oilers stepped up for a 6-0 win. The Kings’ defense and goaltending has been all over the place in this series, so which version is going to show up tonight?
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 5 Betting Trends:
- 7-3 overall in their previous ten games
- 2-7 overall in their previous nine games as an underdog
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games as an underdog on the road
- 2-8 overall in their previous ten quarterfinal games
- 2-7 overall in their previous nine games at Edmonton
- 8-2 overall in their previous ten games versus the Western Conference
- 7-2 overall in their previous nine games versus a team with a winning record
- 5-1 in their previous six games after their opponent allows 2 or more goals
- 42-19 overall in their previous 61 games as a betting favorite
- 7-2 overall in their previous nine games versus nine games versus the Kings at Edmonton
The Kings probably shouldn’t have beaten up on the Oilers as much as they did in Game 4. I’m only half kidding in that the Oilers are likely going to watch the tape and clean up went wrong in that one.
The good news for the Oilers is that most of what went wrong was effort. They were slow to the puck and lost battles often. It was a complete switch from what happened in Game 3.
A trip back to Rogers Place should fix what ailed the Oilers at Crypto.com Arena. Expect the Oilers to look much crisper on both ends of the ice in this one.
"We realize the situation right now, tied 2-2 in the series & back home in front of our fans in our building. We'll try to use that energy."
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 10, 2022
I’m pointing towards the Oilers to win and win without requiring overtime. The moneyline is too expensive for my liking, but if you play the three-way-moneyline, or regulation bet, this is a bettable wager in Game 5.