Kings vs Oilers Picks and Prediction – 5/2/2024

By: David Anicetti |

Last Updated: 04/30/2024 at 5:20 PM ET

Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers 05/01/24 - NHL Picks & Predictions
Game Start: 5/2/2024, 2:00 AM UTC
Latest Odds: EDM -190 ; O/U 6

Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers Prediction

The Los Angeles Kings visit the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday for Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinals best of seven series at Rogers Place. The opening faceoff is at 10:00 PM ET and the game will be televised on ESPN. Make sure you stay up to date with all the NHL action, with our NHL picks.

Los Angeles Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings finished the regular season 44-27-11 with 99 points and were third in the Pacific division, five points behind second place Edmonton. Los Angeles must win Game 5 or be eliminated from the playoff, after losing 1-0 in Game 4 and falling behind in the series 3-1.

Los Angeles is 9th amongst the 16th playoff teams in goals for at 2.50 per game. Los Angeles is averaging 31 shots per game and has not scored a power play goal in any of the first games of the series. Adrian Kempe is leading Los Angeles in goals scored with three and in points with four, while Quinton Byfield is the leader in assists with four and tied for the lead in points with four.

Los Angeles is 15th amongst the 16 teams in the postseason in goals against at 4.50 per game. During the regular season, Los Angeles goalie Cam Talbot was 27-20-6 with a goals against average of 2.50 and save percentage of .913. Through three games of the playoffs, Talbot is 1-2 with a 5.30 goals against average and .861 save percentage.

Edmonton Oilers Preview

Edmonton finished the regular season 49-27-6 with 104 points and was second in the Pacific Division, five points behind first place Vancouver. Edmonton is leading the series 3-1 following its 1-0 victory over the Kings in Game 3 on Saturday. Evan Bouchard scored the only goal of the game in the Oilers win. 

Edmonton is second amongst the 16 postseason teams in goals for at 4.50 per game while averaging 32.3 shots per game which is fifth highest amongst the playoff teams despite playing one game less than several teams. Edmonton is scoring on 53.3% of their power plays during the postseason. Zach Hyman is the leading goal scorer for Edmonton with six, while Connor McDavid has a team high nine assists and is the leader in points with 10. Leon Draisaitl is second in points with eight.

Edmonton is fourth in goals against at 2.50 per game in the postseason. During the regular season, Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner was 36-16-5 with a goals against average of 2.62 and save percentage of .905. In three playoff games, Skinner has a goals against average of 2.48 with a save percentage of .919.

Our Free NHL Pick for Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings

While the OVER is a solid choice in this matchup, the play here is Edmonton. The Oilers have won 12 of the last 14 played on their home ice, five of the last six played on their home ice versus Los Angeles and are coming off a big 1-0 road win over the Kings in this series. Los Angeles has lost five of its last six versus Edmonton and on the road the Kings have lost five of the last seven overall. Final Score Prediction, Edmonton Oilers win 6-2.

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