- The Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings in a deciding Game 7 on Saturday, May 14th
- Connor McDavid leads all players in points this postseason with 12
- Read below for Game 7 Kings vs Oilers odds, picks and betting prediction
It’s come down to a 7th and deciding game between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Whoever is victorious in game 7 moves on to play the winner between the Stars and Flames in the NHL playoff bracket, while the losers go home to lick their wounds.
The deciding matchup in this best-of-7 series is at 10:00 pm ET at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday, May 14th. ESPN will have the broadcast. The Oilers are strong -200 favorites to win and move on to the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Let’s look at the Kings vs Oilers odds for game 7 while deciding on our best NHL bet.
Kings vs Oilers Odds Game 7
|Los Angeles Kings||+1.5 (-148)||O 6.5 (+102)||+165|
|Edmonton Oilers||-1.5 (+120)||U 6.5 (-124)||-200|
Odds as of May 13th at Barstool Sportsbook.
For a game 7 where anything can happen, the Oilers are pretty heavy -200 favorites on the moneyline, giving them an implied win probability of 66.67% to win. At +165, the Kings have a 37.74% implied probability to defeat Edmonton.
Los Angeles Kings Betting Analysis
As the underdogs, the Kings are playing with house money. With the longest Western Conference odds of any team still alive, they have nothing to lose. They did let a great opportunity get away in game 6, failing to close out the series at home. It was the first time since game 2 where the Kings were outshot by the Oilers.
— x – LA Kings (@LAKings) May 13, 2022
Part of the team’s strategy all season has been to fire as many shots from everywhere at the opposing goaltender while limiting opponents shots at their goal. They ranked 5th in the league in shots for per game and 2nd in the league in shots allowed per game.
In this series, the Kings are 2-1 when outshooting the Oilers and 1-2 when Edmonton has fired more pucks at their net. They’ve fired 40-plus shots at 40-year old Mike Smith in three games this series and that amount of workload could be wearing the veteran down.
— x – LA Kings (@LAKings) May 13, 2022
Los Angeles is probably in a very comfortable position as big underdogs seeing as it’s a situation they’ve found themselves in all year. The Kings have provided the best return on investment of any team when betting them on the moneyline this season and the 2nd best ROI in the league when picking them on the puck line.
McDavid and Oilers Hope to Exorcise Playoff Demons
Oil country took a collective deep breath and exhaled after a thrilling 4-2 game 6 victory extended this series to a deciding game 7. Connor McDavid showed why he’s a constant finalist in the Hart Trophy Odds, driving play all night and finishing with a goal and two assists in game 6.
Connor McDavid has an NHL-high 12 points in the 2022 playoffs (3 G, 9 A). His 135 points this season (reg. season + playoffs) are the most by a #LetsGoOilers player since Mark Messier had 160 points in 1989-90.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 13, 2022
The Oilers captain leads all players with 12 points so far in the postseason and he showed a relentless drive in game 6, refusing to let his team’s season end. Edmonton now has a record of 2-3 when facing playoff elimination in the McDavid era.
All the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of the Oilers who were heavily favored at the outset of this series and a trendy pick in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds.
Winning will go a long way towards destroying the narrative that the Oilers are too top heavy on offense and aren’t built to go deep in the playoffs. Edmonton has won just one of their three home playoff games against LA this series, so they’ll be leaning on their rabid fan base to give them a distinct advantage.
Kings vs Oilers Series Stats
|17 (2.83/game)||Goals For/GP||25 (4.17/game)|
|25 (4.17/game)||Goals Against/GP||17 (2.83/game)|
Although the series is squared at three games apiece, the Oilers have outscored the Kings by a pretty wide margin, with a 25-17 advantage in goals through six games.
Kings vs Oilers Pick & Prediction
Not only has Edmonton scored way more goals than the Kings so far in the series, but they’ve also dominated them on special teams. At 38.9%, the Oilers have the 2nd best power play of any team in the playoffs, so the Kings would be wise to avoid the sin bin if they want to move on.
Draisaitl from McDavid. The Kings have no answer for the Oilers’ power play.
— x – Hockey Royalty (@Hockey_Royalty) May 11, 2022
Everything that happened in the first six games gets thrown out the window now. The Oilers have carried most of the play, but it’s all even with one game deciding everything.
One pretty big factor to consider in this one is LA’s success on the road which has carried into this series. They had the 5th most road points in the NHL this year, even though they finished with the 14th best record in the league. They’ve also taken two of three games in Edmonton this series.
While three of the first four games were blowouts, game 5 was decided in overtime and Edmonton won 4-2 in game 6 courtesy of a late Evander Kane empty netter. Game 7’s are typically pretty tight matchups with both sides doing their best to avoid any mistakes.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 13, 2022
The Oilers should win, but the moneyline odds don’t return much value. Instead, take the Kings to keep it within two goals on the puck line in the Kings vs Oilers Saturday NHL odds at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Kings Puck Line +1.5 (-148)