Kings vs Oilers Betting Odds Preview, Pick & Analysis

Kings 4-11 in Last 15 Games at Edmonton, 3-7 Overall Last 10   

Kings vs Oilers betting odds: This is clearly one of the better NHL matchups on Wednesday’s schedule when the second-place Kings try to close the gap between them and the Vegas Golden Knights, who lead the Pacific division by five points.

One column already working against the Kings is games played, where they already have 18 under their belts, the most in the league. The Oilers are in fourth place in the Pacific but are just 3-points behind the Kings for second place, putting a little more emphasis on tonight’s meeting.

Game Information

Game: Los Angeles Kings (10-7-1, 21 points) vs Edmonton Oilers (9-7-0, 18 points)
Date & Time & Streaming:
Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Moneyline: Oilers -165, Kings +135
Puckline: Kings +1.5 (-165) Oilers -1.5 (+135)


Kings Still Winless Against Pacific Division

Most NHL picks and parlays will have the Los Angeles Kings on their tickets, because plus +135 is difficult to resist with a team that has more points in the conference NHL standings. However, as we pointed out to begin our Kings vs Oilers betting odds preview it’s clear to see that Los Angeles is going to have to consistently win, especially against divisional opponents, to maintain their top three spots.

The Kings are 0-3 against the Pacific, offsetting their 10-3 record against the Atlantic and Central. Being an unreliable wager against division foes is nothing new to the Kings who are 76-99 (-1328 units) since 2016-17.

As an underdog in that span, Los Angeles is just 40-55 (42.11%), including a 4-10 mark as a road dog at Edmonton.

When we’re putting our money behind a wager it’s because we believe they are the stronger team on the power play or at least can stay even in that category. This is where we might see the disconnect between these two teams. Despite the publics’ early confidence perhaps we should pause.

Oilers Continue to Own Explosive Offense

Last season, the Edmonton Oilers were considered one of the most dangerous teams in the league, averaging just under 3 ½ goals per game (ranked 7th), but this season they appear to be more dangerous with 3.69 goals per game and a goaltender they can rely on while they play their run and gun offense.

With the acquisition of Jack Campell, the Oilers appear that much more confident that they can routinely bring their defensemen into the play without getting caught the other way. The ironic part is that Jack Campbell hasn’t been better than Mike Smith who is on the Oiler’s LTIR list.

Campbell is just 6-4 with a cringeworthy 4.27 goals against average due to his brutal .873 save percentage. Back-up Stuart Skinner has been the better of the two (3-3, 2.53 GA, .932). With that being said, from a NHL betting perspective, winning is about the teams that score.

The top six scoring teams in the league have made money for bettors (+2296 units) on the back of a sparkling 64-29 (68.82%) record.

As we conclude our Kings vs Oilers betting odds preview, let’s see if there’s any reason to not play the Oilers.

Betting Public’s Trust in Kings Head Scratching

This happens all the time. Teams with a decent record getting big plus money is eaten up by the betting public. The end result is usually a loser because they let logic make wagers for them once again. This match-up is no different.

Edmonton opened as a -180 favorite, but that number shot down quickly with an influx of King’s money, pushing the number down to -165. That’s fine with us because to conclude our Kings vs Oilers betting odds preview, we’re going to be on Edmonton for a small amount because we still don’t want to place large wagers on large favorites.

The Kings had an impressive offensive showing against Calgary Flames. But after allowing six to a Calgary team that has been inconsistent in the offensive zone, it makes one curious to see what they will do against Edmonton who is a step above the Flames.

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