Well, this game is for all of the marbles, as the Oilers host the Kings in Game 7 of a Western Conference quarterfinals series. After winning two in a row the Kings could have closed out the series on home ice but lost to the Oilers in the last game. The team had scored nine goals in winning two in a row but only lit the lamp twice in the last game. While L.A. is on the road and big betting underdogs, they have won two of three games of this series in Edmonton. The Oilers staved off elimination in the last game and can close this series on home ice. They have scored four goals in each of the last two games and they shored up their defense in the last game only allowing two goals while they allowed nine in the previous two games. The puck drops at 10pm EST.
Find the OffenseThe Kings have to get back to scoring after losing the last game 4-2 and the last game of this series in Edmonton the team scored five goals. In the loss at home in Game 6 the game was tied in the later part of the third period but L.A. gave up two goals. Sean Durzi and Carl Grundstrom scored in the losing effort and the Kings were 1 for 4 on the power play and they were outshot 37-32.
Jonathan Quick gave up three goals on 36 shots and after pitching a shutout in Game 5 he has given up seven goals in the last two games. Quick has started every game in this series and it would be shocking if he did not get the start in the winner-take-all Game 7.
Grundstrom is toed for the team lead with three goals in this series and they have all come in the last three games. Phillip Danault also has three goals and two of them have come in the last four games. Adrian Kempe, who led the Kings with 35 goals this season, has two goals and two assists in the last two games. While L.A. is only 3-8 in their last eight games as an underdog all three of those wins have come in this series.
Kane Comes Through, AgainAfter two games with no points after two big games Evander Kane came up big in the 4-2 Game 6 win with two goals and an assist. Connor McDavid also had a big game with a goal and two assists and Tyson Barrie also lit the lamp in the win. Mike Smith allowed two goals on 32 shots and he had given up eight goals in his previous two starts. He has started every game in this series and he will likely get the call in Game 7.
Kane leads the team with seven goals in the series and in two games he has scored two goals and in another he had a hat trick. McDavid led the NHL in points this season and in the last two games he has a goal and two assists in each one. Leon Draisaitl ranked second in the regular season in goals and he has five goals and three assists in the series. The Oilers are only 3-9 in their last 12 playoff games as a favorite and they have been the betting favorite in every game in this series. The Oilers have lost two of three games in this series on home ice and the road team is 8-3 in the last 11 games between these teams.
The Edmonton Oilers are:
- 3-9 in their last 12 playoff games as a favorite
The L.A. Kings are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games
- 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 8-3 in their last 11 overall