los angeles kings vs edmonton oilers predictions and preview

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NHL los angeles kings vs edmonton oilers predictions and preview


 

 

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The Edmonton Oilers will go on the road and take on the Los Angeles Kings in game six of their series. The Oilers finished the season with a record of 49-27-6. Los Angeles Kings finished the season with a record of 44-27-11. These two teams faced each other four times this season with Edmonton winning three out of the four games. Los Angeles leads the series 3-2. The puck drops at 10pm EST.

 

Oilers Lose Game Five

Edmonton was a heavy -230 favorite in game five but they lost the game 5-4 in overtime. Leon Draisaitl scored twice and had an assist. Connor McDavid scored a goal and had two assists. Edmonton was down 3-1 at the end of the second period and scored three goals in the third period to push the game to overtime but fell short.

 

The Oilers were very good on offense this season. They ranked 8th in goals per game and 10th in shots per game this year. Connor McDavid led the team with 123 points on the season and he finished first in the league in points. Leon Draisaitl had 110 points and he finished third in the league in points. Edmonton scored three goals or more in four out of the first five games of the series but they were shut out in game four. Connor McDavid had two points in each of the first three games of the series but was pointless in game four. He scored a goal and had two assists in game five. Evander Kane has five goals in the series. Leon Draisaitl scored one goal in each of the first three games of the series. Draisaitl has five goals and two assists in the series.

Defense and goaltending were less than average for Edmonton this season. They ranked 18th in goals against per game and 21st in shots against per game. Mike Smith has started each game this series and he has been sharp. Smith allowed four goals in game one but he allowed three goals or less in games two, three, and four. He shut out the Kings in game two. Game five was a different story as Smith struggled, allowing five goals on 43 shots faced.

 

Kings Win Game Five

Los Angeles was a huge +190 underdog in their last game but they pulled off the upset and won game five 5-4 in overtime. Adrian Kempe scored the overtime winner. Kempe had two goals and one assist in the game. Troy Stecher scored a goal and had an assist. Jonathan Quick stopped 24 out of 28 shots faced.

 

The Kings were inefficient on offense this season. They ranked 20th in goals per game and fifth in shots per game this year. Anze Kopitar led the team with 67 points on the season. Los Angeles scored four goals in games one and four but were shut out in game two and they scored two goals in game three. The Kings scored five goals in game five to take a 3-2 series lead. Kopitar had two points in game three but did not record a point in games one, two, and four. He had one assist in game five.

Defense and goaltending were excellent for Los Angeles this season. They ranked 10th in goals against per game and second in shots against per game. Jonathan Quick has started each game of this series but he has not been very good except in game four, where he blanked the Oilers. Quick allowed three goals in game one, six goals in game two, and four goals in game three and game five.





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