Los Angeles Kings (45-28-6) at Edmonton Oilers (28-43-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 10, 2014, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +136 / Los Angeles Kings -150 --- Over/Under: 5
The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers will meet for the fourth and final time this season on Thursday. The Kings lead the series 3-0 and could beat the Oilers for the sixth straight time.
The Kings have very little momentum heading into the playoffs, as they’ve lost three straight and four of their last five games. It’s the lack of offense that has hurt the Kings during this stretch, as they’ve scored two or less goals in three of their last five games. Goalie Johnathan Quick keeps giving the Kings chances to win games, as he’s allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight starts. After winning eight consecutive road games, the Kings have now lost three straight road games. The Los Angeles Kings are 23-14-0-4 on the road overall.
The Oilers continue to be one of the worst teams in the NHL and have lost seven of their last 10 games. The Oilers struggles come from the defensive end, as Edmonton has allowed three or more goals in eight of its last 10 games. That includes several games where the Oilers have allowed five goals in a single game. It’s simply been ugly for the Oilers, but Taylor Hall continues to produce at a high level, racking up two goals, seven assists and nine points in his last five games. The Edmonton Oilers are 15-21-2-1 at home this season.
The Kings are 10-3 in their last 13 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Oilers are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Edmonton, while the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
With the way the Kings have dominated the Oilers over the past couple of seasons, getting LA under -200 is an absolute gift. Take the Kings and call it a day, as there’s no reason to believe the Oilers are going to snap their losing streak over the Kings this season.