*) , , , . Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings Predictions
The Edmonton Oilers take on the Los Angeles Kings during Game Three of this First Round. Trevor Moore scored one goal and Phillip Danault had one assist. The Kings won Game One, 4-3. The Oilers evened it up in Game Two and crushed the Lakers 6-0 behind Evander Kane’s two goals and one assist and Mike Smith’s 30 saves.
The Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a good second half, but a disappointing first. The Oilers had some long winning streaks that propelled them into the playoffs.
The Oilers boast Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, two of the most talented players in the league. McDavid led the NHL in points with 123 and had 44 goals. McDavid is considered a leading player of the league and has been a part in numerous All-Star games. Draisaitl ranks second in NHL goal scoring. He had 55 goals during the season and also had 55 assists.
The Oilers don’t have the best goaltending situation. The majority of Oilers’ games were started by Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. They are not great goaltenders and could be improved. Mike Smith started in net for both of the playoff games. After struggling in Game One, he gave up four goals and rebounded with a shutout in Game 2. Smith must be the Oilers’ starter and perform like a great netminder during these playoffs.
The season started badly for the Los Angeles Kings, but it picked up over time. The Kings lost their last regular-season game, but they won five of the previous.
The Kings aren’t a top-notch team. They have some talented players, and an elite defense that never gives up 2. 79 goals per game. This team’s leader is Anze Kopitar. He is 34-years-old but can still set up his teammates. Adrian Kempe is his best friend. Kempe is the Kings’ leading goal-scorer with 35 goals. The Kings defense has been better than the offense, and they will have to improve to win this series.
The Kings are represented by Cal Peterson and Jonathan Quick, who serve as their goaltenders. Although neither of these goaltenders are exceptional, Quick has started all three games this series. Petersen is likely to get Game Three started, since Quick conceded six goals last time.
The Kings will win this match with help from their fans. Los Angeles will win this game with the support of their home crowd.
Head-to-Head: Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers Head-to-Head Los Angeles Kings Jay Woodcroft Head Coach Todd McLellan 49-27-6 (2nd in Pacific Division) Standing 44-27-11 (3rd in Pacific Division) Leaders (Regular Season) Connor McDavid (123) Points Anze Kopitar (67) Leon Draisaitl (55) Goals Adrian Kempe (35) Connor McDavid (79) Assists Anze Kopitar (48) Leon Draisaitl (28) +/- Matt Roy (23) Connor McDavid (3. 93) Shots (Per Game) Viktor Arvidsson (3. 44)
Why Might the Edmonton Oilers Win?
The Edmonton Oilers have the advantage over both of these teams on most of their days. Los Angeles will be a difficult opponent for them. The Oilers could win, if they take penalties and draw many shots.
The Oilers had eight power-plays during these two games. The Oilers have scored four goals on the four power-plays they played. Edmonton cannot afford to keep drawing penalties or scoring with a man advantage. With power-play goals, the Oilers could defeat the Kings.
The Oilers are a very offensively skilled team that averaged 34 shots a game during the season. The Oilers need to continue shooting the best they can. Edmonton must fire as much as possible because the Kings don’t have a solid goaltender.
Why Might Los Angeles Kings Win
The Kings are underdogs but can win if they use the energy of the home crowd and stop Connor McDavid.
The Kings will play their first home game in the series and they need to make the most of their fans. The Kings did better at home this season than they did on the road, however, it is possible to turn the tide in the playoffs. The home crowd can help them win.
Connor McDavid, the Oilers’ point leader in this season’s playoffs with four points, was also the Oilers’ top scorer. He must be slowed down by the Kings’ defensemen. They have to prevent him from making shots and stop him passing.
Oilers key player: (C) Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid had two efficient playoff games. McDavid had one goal, one assist and one point in Oilers’ Game One defeat and two assists during Oilers’ Games Two victory.
McDavid is able to pass and score, and will continue to disrupt the Kings’ offense for Game Three.
Kings’ Key Player: C. Phillip Danault
This is an unanticipated pick. Phillip Danault only has one goal and one assist through two games, but he also has a +/- of three and is averaging over 21 minutes on the ice. His stats clearly show Danault making the team more successful.
Danault doesn’t need to alter his game for Game Three. Danault just has to be open to new opportunities and strive to improve his team.
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