Oilers vs Kings: Pacific Rivals One Point Apart
The Edmonton Oilers are on a roll, riding a five-game winning streak into Thursday’s clash with the Los Angeles Kings, who will be keen to bounce back from a recent loss. There’s little that these Pacific Division rivals and potential playoff contenders don’t know about each other, setting up an intriguing contest for NHL betting fans to sink their teeth into.
Predictably, bookmakers installed the Oilers as the firm road favorites on the NHL odds board to win outright. BetUS sportsbook prices Edmonton at -130 to win outright while tipping the Kings as the small home underdogs at +110. Will this game fall in line with the betting online market?
Join us as we preview this game, examine the odds and deliver our final NHL prediction.
Oilers Win Five Straight Games
The Edmonton Oilers are making a right fist of it down the stretch, riding a five-game winning streak into Thursday’s contest with the Los Angeles Kings on the road.
The Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in overtime to improve to a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games overall. It also marked their second straight road win after beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-1 earlier in the week.
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— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 6, 2022
During this five-game winning streak, the Oilers have netted six goals in three – beating the Arizona Coyotes 6-1, the St. Louis Blues 6-5 in overtime and the Ducks 6-1.
The Oilers are 17-5 versus the Pacific and 9-3 against division opponents on the road. As well, the Oilers have come through for their backers in 13 of 16 games against division opponents when they’re favored. They’re also 7-0 in their last seven games overall as the betting favorites while the over has cashed in eight of their last 10 games.
Kings Coming off Home Loss
The Los Angeles Kings are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Pacific Division leaders, the Calgary Flames, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak and marked their third defeat in the last five games.
On the heels of the narrow setback, the Kings slipped to a 5-3-2 record in their last 10 games and an 18-15-4 record at home.
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— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 5, 2022
The Kings are 9-9-3 overall against Pacific opponents and 4-5-2 when facing their division rivals at home. When they’re at the betting disadvantage versus the division, the Kings are 4-5-1.
Oilers vs Kings Head-to-Head
The Edmonton Oilers boast a 7-3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings in the last 10 meetings while the Kings are 3-6-1 during the same stretch. The total has gone 4-3-3.
The Kings won the first meeting this season, beating the Oilers 5-1 on Dec. 5 in Edmonton. However, the Oilers have reeled off back-to-back wins (home and away), beating the Kings 5-2 on Feb. 15 and 4-3 on March 30.
Oilers vs Kings Game Information
- Game: Oilers (41-25-5) vs Kings (38-24-10)
- Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 7, 10:35 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NHL.TV
Oilers vs Kings Betting Lines
Oilers vs Kings Prediction
The Edmonton Oilers look to clinch a third straight win over the Los Angeles Kings and wrap up their series over their Californian rivals on a high note. Beating the Kings would also represent a sixth straight win for the Oilers, not to mention a pivotal boost in the standings as well as they look to stay abreast of the Kings in the division standings.
Only a point separates the second-place Oilers and the third-place Kings in the Pacific Division. The premium on the win, therefore, couldn’t be any greater with playoff positioning and seeding on the line, and not just points.
The Kings will be keen to bounce back after losing to the Flames at home, but the NHL odds are against the hosts. Bookmakers don’t always get it right, but in this case the betting trends do support the betting online odds. Thus, the Oilers, tipped as the -130 favorites, seem to be the better bet here.