Kings Lead Series 1-0
The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers are gearing up for game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series. Bookmakers corner this second game with the hosts again, despite Edmonton’s loss to Los Angeles in Monday’s opener.
Does the market have it right? Are the Oilers the smart bet to win game 2 and level their series with the Kings before it heads to Los Angeles?
Find out as we weigh in on the NHL odds for this game and the NHL series odds overall before delivering our verdict.
Defiant Kings Defy Odds to Win Game 1
The Los Angeles Kings defied the odds and jumped out to a 1-0 series lead, turning NHL betting markets on their heads as they edged the highly-fancied Edmonton Oilers in a seven-goal thriller on Monday night at Rogers Place.
The Kings were never on the backfoot in the back-and-forth thriller. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in less than 15 minutes. The league’s points leader, Connor McDavid, beat Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick late in the first period, putting the hosts on the board just before the break.
In the second period, Oilers, Kailer Yamamoto notched his first career playoff goal on the powerplay. He tipped a slap pass from Duncan Keith into the back of the net to level the score at 2 apiece.
It took all of 1 minute and 11 seconds for the Kings to establish the advantage. Brendan Lemieux’s shot beat Mike Smith to give the Kings the 3-2 lead. But, soon thereafter, the Oilers tied the game 3-3 courtesy of forward Leon Draisaitl on the powerplay.
Late in the third period as tensions were mounting, regulation time winding down, and the anticipation in the audience building, the Oilers blinked first. Well, Smith did.
What a strange sequence of events, ending with a @SeanDurzi goal!
— x – LA Kings (@LAKings) May 3, 2022
After an ill-advised pass in front of the net set up a bit of a kerfuffle around the Oilers’ net, the Kings kept the puck alive and Philip Danault wound up scoring the game-winner on a deflection with just about five minutes left in regulation.
The Kings held on to the lead to take the 4-3 victory and the 1-0 series lead, coming through as the +165 road underdogs for their backers.
Oilers Loss Impacts Series Odds
The Edmonton Oilers were dubbed the team to beat in this series. The Oilers went into game 1 priced as the -240 favorites to win the series while the Kings were priced at +200.
This market outlook had a lot to do with the solid regular season of the Oilers, along with some of the individual milestones of its stars. The Oilers finished second in the Pacific Division and both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl finished inside the Top 5.
But after Monday’s setback, the betting online market for this series was dialed back significantly. Now, the Oilers are priced at -115 while the Kings are priced at -105. Talk about an about face.
Monday’s loss to the Kings extended Edmonton’s playoff woes for a third-straight season. The Oilers were swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round last season. As well, they were swept in the qualifying round (play-in tournament) in 2020.
These recent failures raise valid questions about this team’s credentials in the postseason. Whether the team is as good as the sum total of its individual parts.
— x – LA Kings (@LAKings) May 3, 2022
Kings vs Oilers Head-to-Head
The Los Angeles Kings have won four of the last ten meetings with the Edmonton Oilers, including Monday’s playoff series opener. The win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Oilers.
The Kings upset the favored Oilers, who closed as the -200 favorites on the NHL odds board. The Kings closed as the +165 underdogs. The total was projected to 6½ points.
Kings vs Oilers Game Information
- Game: Kings (44-27-11) vs Oilers (49-27-6)
- Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 4th. 10:00 p.m. ET
- Kings vs Oilers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Kings vs Oilers Betting Lines
Kings vs Oilers Prediction
Those that backed the Los Angeles Kings over the Edmonton Oilers in Monday’s opener reaped the rewards following the upset. The Kings came through as the +165 underdogs in the 4-3 win for their backers ($100 bet yields $165).
Interestingly, the odds are cornered with the hosts once again, despite Edmonton’s defeat. One game is hardly telling; It was a narrow defeat. The Oilers didn’t play badly, although they didn’t play great either. Plus, had it not been for Mike Smith’s errant puck handling, who knows which way this game would have gone.
And yet , it’s hard to overlook the fact that this is another playoff disappointment that takes the shine off of the Oilers. That impact in the locker room is going to be felt.
On the flip side, the Kings deserve a lot of credit for persevering in a tough opener. Few expected they would, given the way things stacked up at the sportsbook exchange, however, veterans such as Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick had standout games, dialing back the clock, and the young talent showed up in a big way too.
All in all, this is a tossup for NHL picks but given the Kings have the momentum right now, buoyed by Monday’s win. This is a chance to really take a stranglehold of the series before heading home for games 3 and 4.