Tea Edmonton Oilers are back in California to face the Los Angeles Kings Thursday in Game 6 of their 1st-round Western Conference playoff series. The Kings lead the series 3-2. Puck drop from Crypto.com Arena is scheduled for 10 pm ET (TBS). Below, we look at the Oilers vs. Kings Game 6 odds and linesand make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
Facing elimination, the Oilers will be without one of their top defensemen as Darnell Nurse is suspended for Game 6 after headbutting a Kings player in Game 5. The Kings stunned the Oilers 5-4 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead back home. Oilers C Leon Draisaitl had 2 goals, and C Connor McDavid had 3 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Kings C Adrian Kempe had 2 goals, including the game-winner in OT. The 25-year-old Swede had just 2 assists in the series entering Game 5. The Kings have outshot the Oilers 89-59 in the last 2 games. Will 2 of the NHL’s brightest stars fade into the night with the Oilers?
Oilers at Kings odds and lines
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- Money line: Oilers -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Kings +115 (bet $100 to win $115)
- Against the spread (ATS): Oilers -1.5 (+155) | Kings +1.5 (-205)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -120)
Oilers at Kings projected goalies
mike smith (16-9-1, 2.81 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO – regular season) vs. Jonathan Quick (23-13-9, 2.59 GAA, .910 SV%, 2 SO – regular season)
Outside of his Game 1 gaffe, Smith hasn’t been the problem. He has a .930 SV% in the series. The Kings have been relentless as he has faced 46, 45 and 43 shots in the last 3 games. Smith has been trending in the wrong direction since his Game 2 shutout.
Quick has been feast or famine in this series. Outside of his Game 3 shutout, he has allowed 3 or more goals in each game with an .887 SV%. He should be prepared to face a barrage Thursday after the Oilers have been outshot by nearly double in the last 2 games.
Oilers at Kings picks and predictions
Oilers 5, Kings 3
The Oilers find themselves in a hole, and they’re down a defenseman. The good news is they have talented enough forwards to forecheck and cover up their thin blue line. According to Pregame.com, 74% of the cash is on Edmonton to force Game 7. LEAN OILERS -140.
Against the spread
McDavid and Draisaitl hear the jeers in the media about how they can’t get over the hump. They answered in Game 5 and will do so again in Game 6. Go lightly, but we’ll take the OILERS -1.5 (+155) as they’ll empty the tank Thursday to survive.
The only 2 times the Under cashed in this series was when someone was shut out. No one is getting shut out in Game 6.
LEAN OVER 6.5 (-105) or place a live bet when the Over drops to 5.5. Neither side has scored within the first 3 minutes of any game in this series, and that might work to your advantage. Find your price and strike.
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