Oilers vs. Kings Stanley Cup Playoffs Series Betting Outlook: McDavid, Oilers to move on in six

Nicholas Plowfield

On the Western Conference side of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs bracket, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, the second seed out of the Pacific Division, will look to continue their season-long dominance of the Los Angeles Kings, the #3 seed out of the Pacific, as the two teams meet in the first round.

During the regular season, the Oilers (49-27-6, 104 points) took three of four meetings against their Pacific Division rivals. The Oilers have also had the better season, besting the Kings (44-27-11, 99 points), as they finished ahead of the Kings by five wins and five points.

In their first postseason meeting with the Kings since 1990, the Oilers will be seeking their first playoff series win since 2006.

The Kings, meanwhile, are looking to kickstart a run to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2014, when they won their second championship in the span of three seasons.

Edmonton Oilers (Pacific Division #2) vs. Los Angeles Kings (Pacific Division #3) Series Information and Betting Odds

Oilers vs. Kings Series Schedule, Game Times, and TV Info

  • Oilers vs. Kings Game 1 (at Rogers Place, Edmonton): Monday, May 2, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
  • Oilers vs. Kings Game 2 (at Rogers Place, Edmonton): Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
  • Kings vs. Oilers Game 3 (at crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles): Friday, May 6, 10:00 p.m. ET, TBS
  • Kings vs. Oilers Game 4 (at crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles): Sunday, May 8, 10:00 p.m. ET, TBS
  • Oilers vs. Kings (Game 5 – at Rogers Place, Edmonton): Tuesday, May 10, time and TV TBD – if necessary
  • Kings vs. Oilers (Game 6 – at crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles): Thursday, May 12, time and TV TBD – if necessary
  • Oilers vs. Kings (Game 7 – at Rogers Place, Edmonton): Saturday, May 14, time and TV TBD – if necessary

Oilers vs. Kings Series Betting Odds

Odds are via FanDuel as of Monday, May 2.

Odds to Win the Series

  • Edmonton Oilers -230
  • Los Angeles Kings +184

Series Correct Score Odds

  • Edmonton 4-0 (+710)
  • Edmonton 4-1 (+360)
  • Edmonton 4-2 (+410)
  • Edmonton 4-3 (+410)
  • Los Angeles 4-0 (+1800)
  • Los Angeles 4-1 (+1120)
  • Los Angeles 4-2 (+680)
  • Los Angeles 4-3 (+710)

Series Total Games Odds

  • Four Games: +520
  • Five Games: +235
  • Six Games: +205
  • Seven Games: +210

Oilers vs. Kings 2021-22 Season Head-to-Head Results

  • December 5, 2021 (at Edmonton): Los Angeles 5, Edmonton 1
  • February 15, 2022 (at Los Angeles): Edmonton 5, Los Angeles 2
  • March 30, 2022 (at Edmonton): Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 3 (SO)
  • April 7, 2022 (at Los Angeles): Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 2

Expect Edmonton to Thrive in the Postseason

The Edmonton Oilers have the tools to make a deep run in the postseason this year. Their offense ranks Top 10 in the league, and they have the 3rd best power play.

Current Stanley Cup odds reflect their potential as a real Cup contender, as they come in at +1600 at FanDuel, +1800 at Caesars Sportsbook, and +1700 at BetRivers.

In the first round, they will face a Kings team that they have bested in three straight games. Their offense has been lethal the past few weeks and it helped them to seven wins in their final ten games of the regular season.

The Oilers enter the postseason with momentum, but they have to be careful. The Kings have won five in a row and enter the playoffs on an impressive win streak.

Edmonton has two major offensive producers, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They have combined for nearly 100 goals this season and lead the points total for the club. The nearest player in points is Zach Hyman who has recorded 54 points on the season.

The Kings come into the series with a more balanced attack. They spread out the offense throughout their four lines and are effective in doing so. Anze Kopitar leads the team in points with 67.

The Kings will have to rely on defense in this matchup if they want any chance to compete with the Oilers. Edmonton’s offensive attack is a lot to handle, and they can score in large groupings if teams aren’t careful.

This series has the potential to be legendary, but with the dominance the Oilers have shown over the Kings this season, I don’t see the series going past Game 6.

Oilers vs. Kings Series Prediction and Betting Tips

Series Prediction: Oilers to win the series 4-2

Edmonton will display an offense that will overpower Los Angeles. I see the Kings pulling out a couple of games, but ultimately, the Oilers will be too much to handle for the #3 seed in the Pacific. Edmonton also holds home ice advantage, which will add to the challenge for the Kings.

You might not want to back the exact outcome before the series starts, but if you are confident that the Oilers will finish the Kings off before seven games, the Oilers -1.5 games series handicap presents good value (-106 at FanDuel). That can present some good value opportunities to capitalize on depending on how the series shakes out, if this is a series that you plan to watch closely.

Six games is our expectation for this series, but if you are especially confident about the Oilers’ continued dominance of the Kings, the -2.5 games handicap is available at +194.

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