Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Betting Pick: Edmonton -135 odds (March 20th 2017)
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The set-up: The 34-30-7 LA Kings lost 5-2 in Calgary last night, after completing a seven-game homestand 4-2-1. The loss leaves the Kings six points behind Nashville for the second wild card spot in the West. Meanwhile, the Oilers beat the Canucks 2-0 at home on Saturday and will host the Kings tonight, as they wrap up an eight-game homestand in which the team has gone 4-2-1 at Rogers Place.
LA Kings: The Kings won a pair of Stanley Cups (2012 & 2014) and have been a perennial contender for much of the past decade. However, they are currently below the playoff cut line and if they miss the playoffs, there certainly would be speculation that an aging group may have reached the end of the line. The Kings have just 11 games left on the schedule but three of them are against the Oilers. So, how the Kings do against the Oilers will have a major bearing on if they gets back to the post-season or not.
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Edmonton: The Oilers enter on a three-game winning streak after that 2-0 win on Saturday. Edmonton currently owns the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference but is only six points behind San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division. With a victory Monday, Edmonton can leap past both Calgary and Anaheim and move into second place in the Pacific.
The pick: The Oilers can ‘sniff’ ending their 10-season playoff drought and have outscored opponents 16-5 during their current three-game winning streak. I say Edmonton makes it four straight wins, here!
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