The Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Saturday night.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to build some steam after picking up a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. Arizona opened up the scoring, taking a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission, but that’s all the damage the Coyotes would do as Leon Draisaitl tied the game for the Oilers and Connor McDavid would give Edmonton a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The game went back and forth but saw little action in the 3rd before McDavid sealed the win with an empty net goal with :45 to go to secure the win. Mikko Koskinen got the win to improve to 12-7-1 this season after stopping 29 of 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay in their last outing. Knowing the final score, the game was essentially over after the first period, as the Bolts scored 3 goals in a span of 7:37 to take a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play and a 4-0 lead just :25 into the 2nd period. Austin Wagner would finally get Los Angeles on the board before Tampa Bay responded for a 5-1 lead after the 2nd period. The Lightning went up 6-1 before Drew Doughty added a consolation goal for the Kings late in the 3rd but it was way too little way too late for L.A. Jonathan Quick took the loss, falling to 6-10-2 this season after allowing all 6 goals on 33 shots in the losing effort.
Edmonton is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 4-9 in their last 13 road games while the under is 3-1-2 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 5-16 in their last 21 Saturday games and 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Edmonton is 8-19 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and just 2-15 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.
Edmonton finally snapped that horrendous losing streak, and while it may be a sign that Edmonton has turned the corner, I’m not ready to hop back on the Oilers just yet. Los Angeles has picked up their play as of late, and while they’ve lost back-to-back games, those losses came on the road against a Vegas team that’s tough to beat on the road, and a loss to the best team in the league in Tampa Bay. Edmonton needs more than a win over the up and down Coyotes to instill some faith in me, and I’m not sure it’ll happen given their issues against the Kings. The Oilers have lost 15 of their last 17 trips to the Staples Center and based on that trend I’ll side with the Kings and the low line here.