Kings vs. Oilers NHL Best Bets for March 30

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Adrian Kempe #9 of the Los Angeles Kings carries the puck. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP.

A pivotal Pacific Division matchup is featured on Wednesday night as the Kings skate into Edmonton trailing by just two points with a game in hand on the second-place Oilers. Let’s analyze this matchup and keep cashing our NHL picks!

Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – 09:30 PM EDT at Rogers Place

The Kings have alternated wins and losses for over two weeks and the pattern continued on Monday night when they fell to the lowly Kraken, 6-1, at home no less. Los Angeles was tagged as -200 home chalk at all of the best sportsbooks but they came out flat-footed after defeating this same Seattle team, 4-2, on the road only two nights earlier. 

After falling behind, 1-0, only 14 seconds into the game, Arthur Kaliyev notched his 13th goal of the season on the power-play unit to even the score five minutes later. But that would be the last tally of the night for LA as Seattle countered with the next five goals but only outshot the Kings 38-37. 

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After the game, Kings’ coach Todd McLellan, was asked about any observations or talking points from the loss, “Well, all 60 minutes. I think, when you lose 6-1 and it likely could have been worse, there’s not a lot you’re going to take from positives out of it. We were beaten in every facet of the game today. We’ll look at it, we’ll show the players some things, we’ll get them to use it as some teaching opportunities and then we’ll move on, that’s all we can do. I don’t know what the outcome will be in Edmonton, I just know what we’re living right now wasn’t good enough.”

Oilers Tame Coyotes

Edmonton has caught fire at the right time, winning 7 of their last 10 contests including a dominating performance over the lowly Coyotes on Monday night. Ryan McLeod lit the lamp twice for his 7th and 8th (power play) goals of the year while Connor McDavid (36), Warren Foegele (9), Zach Hyman (22), and league-leading scorer, Leon Draisaitl, buried his 48th of the season. 

It should be noted that all seven of Edmonton’s victories during their 7-3 span have come at home while their three losses were on the road and all at the hands of the mettle of the Western Conference. Setbacks to two division leaders, Colorado (3-2 OT), and Calgary (9-5), along with a tough out in Dallas (5-3) comprised their most recent losses. 

But the home-cookin' at the Rogers Centre has been good for the Oilers and they will get another chance to prove that home-ice advantage in Edmonton serves them well when they face off against the Kings on Wednesday night. 

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The early NHL odds on this divisional matchup reveal the Oilers being offered as between -180 and -186 home favorites, which is pretty steep considering these two teams are within two points of each other in the standings. 

The Kings and Oilers have met twice this season, splitting the season series with LA winning the first meeting in Edmonton by the score of 5-1 in December while the Oilers returned the favor to the tune of a 5-2 win over the Kings in Los Angeles on February 15th. 

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Defense and reliable goaltending are the two main reasons why Edmonton’s record isn’t better than it is because they boast two of the most dynamic offensive forces in the game with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl leading the way. However, their goaltending tandem of veterans Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith own less than stellar 3.11 and 3.41 goals against averages, respectively. 

It's hard to lay the lumber against a very good team like LA which is ranked No. 1 in the league in shots allowed (28.6) and No. 5 in shots on goal (35.1) despite Edmonton’s home winning streak that has now reached seven. And because of that, we will back the Kings to win this one outright in what should be a high-scoring affair. 

NHL Pick: Kings (+166) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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NHL Pick: Over 6 ½ (+100) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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