NHL Playoffs Game One: Kings vs Oilers Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Apr 17)
- Edmonton Oilers ended the regular season by winning their last nine
- LA Kings recorded back-to-back wins to finish fifth in the standings
The Edmonton Oilers were one of the standout teams over the final month of the regular season. They will be favored to maintain that winning sequence when they kick off their first round showdown against the LA Kings on Monday evening.
How To Watch
- When: Monday, April 17, 2023, at 10:00 p.m ET
- Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
- How To Watch: NHL TV
It was an excellent end to the regular season for the Edmonton Oilers, as they won each of their final nine games to finish second overall in the Western Conference standings. They come into this opening round showdown as a standout contender to reach the Stanley Cup finals.
The Oilers have won 23 of their games with home advantage this season, losing in regulation on just 12 occasions. The recent form boasted by the Oilers will make them a very serious contender in the playoffs. They were excellent in their final game, as they recorded a 5-2 home win over the San Jose Sharks.
Meanwhile, the Kings aren’t a rival that the Oilers will take lightly in this opening round clash. Los Angeles has won five of their last ten games, and they went 21-14-6 away from home during the regular season. Their chances of progression are likely to hinge on their home record, as they have lost the second-fewest number of games at home of the sides competing in the Western playoffs.
The Kings have picked up back-to-back wins coming into this crucial game one, as they finished third in the Pacific Division. Their most recent win was picked up on the road last week, as they landed a 5-3 win in Anaheim against the Ducks.
This is likely to be a testing opening round clash for the Oilers. However, we find it hard to bet against the home side taking a 1-0 series lead on Monday. They have a fine recent record against the Kings, having won each of their previous two.