The Edmonton Oilers (16-15-1) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (20-8-4) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Oilers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Kings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Golden Knights. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings
The Edmonton Oilers Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Kings, the Oilers have a 16-15-1 record. They hold a 9-6-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 7-9-0 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 5th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 12th. Edmonton heads into the game with 12 wins by more than one goal, and lost 12 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 13-19.
In their last game, the Oilers went up against the Sharks and emerged as winners with a score of 5-0. Offensively, the Oilers scored four goals in the first period and one time in the second period. In the game, Edmonton managed to score all five goals at even strength. They concluded with 30 shots on goal and committed 7 turnovers.
Edmonton secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 7.
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Oilers, the Kings have a record of 20-8-4 so far. At home, their record is 7-6-3 and 13-2-1 on the road. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 5th in the Western conference. Los Angeles’ average scoring margin this season is +1.2 leading to an overall puck line record of 18-14. Their scoring margin at home is +.4 and +1.9 on the road.
After suffering a 3-2 loss on the road to the Golden Knights, the Kings are looking to bounce back today. The first period saw the Kings being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, Los Angeles managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 34 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Los Angeles went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
Edmonton Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Oilers come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 14th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 9th position in the league. In terms of the Oilers’ offense during power plays, they are 10th in power play goals and 13th in shorthanded goals.
For the season, the over/under record of the Oilers’ stands at 16-13-3. They have had 19 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Kings come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 8th position in the league. Los Angeles’ offense is currently ranked 20th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the league.
The Kings’ over/under record this season is 12-19-1. For the season, they have had 21 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Edmonton Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Oilers head into the game ranked 31st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.1 shots per game against Edmonton. So far, they are 12th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Defensively, the Kings are currently 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.7 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 6th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Oilers vs Kings Trends
- Across the Oilers last ten road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 6-4, while going 6-4 straight-up.
- In their last three home games, the Kings have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- The Kings have played well in their last three games as the betting underdog, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
- As the betting favorite, the Oilers have an puck line mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Edmonton posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Oilers to secure a victory over the Kings on the road. With the moneyline currently set at -101, I’m locking in my bet on the Oilers straight-up.
Our projections have the Oilers pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Oilers, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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