Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers will close Thursday’s action in the NHL playoffs. The hosts want to continue their successful streak and book one more win to proceed to the next round. The away side has a tough task to return home with a win and level the series.
Los Angeles has been excellent in the last two games, and they grabbed a 3-2 lead ahead of Game 6. The home side hopes to pick up where it left off to finish the series in front of their fans. On the other hand, Edmonton hasn’t enjoyed its performances lately. They need a better display to stay competitive in this tie.
Los Angeles Kings – Will they beat the Oilers again?
After two consecutive and heavy defeats in games 2 and 3, few people saw the Kings being capable of returning to this tie. Nevertheless, the hosts managed to beat the strong rivals twice in a row and take a 3-2 lead in this series. Now, they have the opportunity to finish the job on the home ice. Los Angeles had a 4-2 advantage in the final period of game 5, but they let their rivals equalize and drive the match to overtime. However, it took a bit more than a minute for Adrian Kempe to score and bring a massive win to his team. The confidence is flowing for the Kings, and they want to capitalize on that.
Phillip Danault tops the scoring charts for the Kings with three goals while producing five points in the post-season. Trevor Moore and Adrian Kempe are another two players with five pts each, while Alex Iafallo and Troy Stecher have contributed to Los Angeles’s offense with four points each. A pair of skaters managed to chip in with three pts apiece to the Kings’ offense. On the goal, Jonathan Quick was very good, especially in the last two games. He allows 3.80 goals per contest and has a .887 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Jonathan Quick, Tobias Bjornfot, Matt Roy, Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar, Phillip Danault
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Edmonton Oilers – Can they move the series back to their backyard?
The Oilers had good momentum after Game 3, but they failed to capitalize on it. As a consequence, they need to hunt for a victory in this encounter to keep their campaign active. Edmonton was close to a big turnaround in the final third of Game 5 after scoring twice in the last eight minutes of the clash. However, they had 15 shots less than their rivals, and that cost them a defeat in the latest match.
Connor McDavid has been the Oilers’ best assistant with seven, while he has produced nine points in the post-season so far. Leon Draisaitl has scored a team-high five goals while contributing to Edmonton’s offense with seven pts. Evander Kane has six points, while Evan Bouchard and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have chipped in with five points each. On the other hand, Mike Smith has been Edmonton’s first-choice goalie in the playoffs. He has a very good .930 save percentage and concedes 2.81 goals per game.
Expected Line-Up: Mike Smith, Tyson Barrie, Evan Bouchard, Connor McDavid, Warren Foegele, Leon Draisaitl
Expert Pick #1 – Kings to win @+120
I see why the bookies favor Edmonton in this tie since they have been a better team during the entire season. However, the Kings are full of confidence, and the Oilers didn’t enjoy their previous encounters at Crypto.com Arena. I’m leaning towards the hosts to win, and that’s going to be my first pick on the plus money odds.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6.5 @-115
Although three games of this series went over a 6.5 margin, I don’t expect so many goals in this one. Jonathan Quick has a lot of experience in the playoffs to hold the Kings’ defense tight, and we shouldn’t see more than six goals in Game 6. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Kings to win & Both to Score @+190
On the other hand, I doubt that either team will keep a clean sheet. If we combine this pick with Los Angeles’s victory, we’ll get excellent odds. Although it’s a long shot, I’ll take this one as my third selection for this matchup.