Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Pick – April 7

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout Thursday night. Eleven games are up on the board on April 7. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.

Edmonton has earned a record of 41-25-5 throughout the season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Oilers have won five games in a row and eleven of their last fourteen. Edmonton has a one point lead on the second seed with a game in hand. The Oilers will look for a big win on the road.

The Kings have put up a record of 38-24-10 so far this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Pacific division. Los Angeles is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a two game winning streak. The Kings are one point out of the second spot in the division, but have played an extra game. I expect Los Angeles to come out fast at home on Thursday night.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one.

The Oilers have been red hot as of late and will look to keep it going. Los Angeles will look to finish strong as they look for a playoff spot. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Edmonton Oilers -1 ½ (+180) -130 Over 6 ½ (-105)
Los Angeles Kings +1 ½ (-220) +110 Under 6 ½ (-115)
Team Data Edmonton Oilers Los Angeles Kings
Overall Record 41-25-5 38-24-10
Away/ Home Record 18-13-5 18-15-4
Goals Per Game 3.48 2.82
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.31 2.89
Save Percentage .900 .903
Save Percentage Away/ Home .901 .905

Betting Trends

Edmonton Oilers

  • 3-0 in April
  • 17-5 against divisional opponents
  • 15-6 after a divisional game
  • 10-6 after three or more straight wins
  • 17-17 against team with a winning record
Los Angeles Kings

  • 1-1 in April
  • 11-8 when playing on two or more days rest
  • 9-12 against divisional opponents
  • 11-9 after a divisional game
  • 17-23 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times throughout this season. Drew Doughty had a goal and two assists in the first meeting as the Kings earned a 5-1 win on the road. Evander Kane and Connor McDavid each had a goal and an assist as Edmonton grabbed a 5-2 win on the road. McDavid had a goal and an assist in the third matchup as the Oilers won 4-3.

Special Teams

The Oilers have been strong on the power play throughout this season. Edmonton has scored on 54 of their 208 power play opportunities, which is a 26 percent success rate. The Oilers have given up 50 power play goals on 219 penalties against, which is a 77.2 percent penalty kill. Edmonton is 4th on the power play and 21st on the kill this season.

Los Angeles has struggled a bit on both sides of special teams on the season. The Kings have capitalized on 37 of their 220 power play chances, which is a 16.8 percent power play. Los Angeles has killed off 150 of their opponents 196 power play attempts, which is a 76.5 percent kill rate. The Kings are 28th on the man advantage and 22nd on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Edmonton has been the better team on the power play and penalty kill. The Kings will look to step up early in this one. The Oilers will look to get a power play goal early. If either team can get a power play goal early, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Mike Smith to get the nod between the pipes for Edmonton in this one. Smith has started in 38 games this season, going 25-10-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .901 save percentage and a GAA of 3.24 in those outings. Smith’s last start was against the San Jose Sharks. He stopped 31 of 32 shots in the winning effort.

Calvin Petersen will likely get the start in the crease for the Kings on Thursday night. Petersen has earned a record of 20-12-1 in his 33 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .902 and a 2.70 GAA in his starts. Petersen finished with 30 saves on 33 shots in his last start against the Calgary Flames, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Smith has won three starts in a row and four of his last five. Petersen is coming off a loss, but has won three of his last five. Both goalies will look to come into this one hot. If either goalie can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been hot throughout their last stretch of games. Edmonton has won their first two games on this California road trip and will look to pull off the sweep. I think Los Angeles will bounce back with a big win though.

If the Kings grab an early lead, I think they can get the win.

Bovada has the Oilers listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that Edmonton will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. The Oilers have been the better team on the season, but I think Los Angeles should be favored at home. These two teams are in a tight race for the second seed. As underdogs at home, I like the value on the Kings.

The Bet
Los Angeles Kings
+110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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