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Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings (23-11-5) at Edmonton Oilers (17-19-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers -119 / Los Angeles Kings +108 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RSNW, NBCSN

The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Place. 

The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Drew Doughty has 22 assists and Dustin Brown has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 69 goals on 944 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 19 goals on 287 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games. 

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Edmonton Oilers could also use a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton with 15 goals, Connor McDavid has 31 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 71.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 82 goals on 860 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 38 goals on 334 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed a combined 13 goals in their last three games.

The Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record, 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Oilers are 16-42 in their last 58 Tuesday games, 2-5 in their last 7 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals and 26-9 in their last 35 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 22-8 in the last 30 meetings, the home team is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 9-4-2 in the last 15 meetings.

Both clubs have been hit or miss recently, but we're getting plus money with the better team in this spot. The Kings have feasted on teams with losing records this season and are in better form than the Oilers overall. The Edmonton Oilers are also having some serious defensive issues recently, allowing 13 goals in their last three games. Not to mention the head to head history is extremely one sided in the Los Angeles Kings favor. I'll gladly take the plus money here.

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