NHL Playoffs (Round 1): Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers

NHL May 02, 2022

Oilers are a prohibitive favourite to advance versus Kings

Are the Edmonton Oilers a lock against the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of the playoffs? It sure appears that way based on the series odds.

While Edmonton has advanced past the first round only once in the Connor McDavid era, they'll have no excuses this season. They'll be facing a Los Angeles team the Oilers have dominated in three regular-season games.

The Kings could keep things close and make it interesting because Jonathan Quick is a force in goal, but we doubt that he'd get enough scoring support to pull off what would be a major first-round upset.

To be clear, playoff games aren't played on paper, nor in the stat column. The postseason is played out on the ice under the lights, with heart and physicality. Edmonton must step up its game and take care of business, even as a prohibitive favourite.

At Spreads.ca, the Oilers are laying 5:2 odds to win the series, which pays back about 2:1 on the underdog Kings. Here's a chance for the Oilers to prove they belong among the real contenders to win the Stanley Cup this season.

The puck drops in Game 1 at 9 pm EDT.

Our Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):

The dynamic duo of Connor McDavid (44 G, 79 A) and Leon Draisaitl (55 G, 55 A) should wear down the Kings over a few games.

Despite making the postseason, the Kings finished the regular season with only a +3 goal differential. That won't cut it against Edmonton.

Accordingly, we think this probably plays into a more defence-oriented Game 1. The Kings want to keep this close and low-scoring. It's tough to go UNDER 6 in an Oiler game, but we think there's some value at plus money at 1.99.

We also like the Kings team total UNDER 2.5 goals at 1.76. The Kings scoring 2 goals or fewer is probably the stronger pick of the two.