Kings vs. Oilers Game 5 odds, prediction: NHL playoffs picks

The Edmonton Oilers are on the verge of punching their ticket to the second round.

Coming off a 1-0 win in Los Angeles, the Oilers return home as -192 favorites to win Game 5 and -3,000 favorites to advance.

The Oilers led the series 3-1 and deservedly so, but there were still some bright spots for the Kings in this series.

Can Los Angeles avoid elimination on Wednesday night?

Kings vs Oilers Prediction

There’s no secret about how Edmonton had a commanding lead in this series.

The Oilers are deadly on the power play and play well enough at 5-on-5 that their special teams can make a difference.

So while the 18-10 total scoreline in Edmonton’s favor may seem lopsided, it’s actually because of special teams that it’s lopsided.

In fact, the Kings are +1 at 5-on-5 (10 GF, 9 GA). That’s not meant to take anything away from Edmonton.

There was some suspicion that the Oilers’ 1-0 win in Game 4 (their only goal came on the power play) was a blessing in disguise, but it was a fairly strong defensive effort by the Oils. was.

#74 Stuart Skinner of the Edmonton Oilers scores a goal in the second period of Game 4 of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 28, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. Players vs. Los Angeles Kings. Getty Images

It was also a massive performance from Stuart Skinner, who was back on form after a shaky first two performances of this series.

And it’s not like the Oilers are playing a team they should dominate at 5-on-5.

The Kings have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season at limiting speed through the neutral zone, and that’s the lifeblood of Edmonton’s even-strength offense.

This series was always going to be a pretty tight 5-on-5 series, and it all depended on Los Angeles being able to win the goaltending battle and keep pace with the Oilers on special teams.

That didn’t happen in Los Angeles through four games.

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The Oilers deserve to be the favorites to win this contest and have a huge advantage on special teams, but it will still be difficult to beat Los Angeles.

This is strictly a numbers game on a strong defensive team, and you have a good chance of winning the 5-on-5 battle.

So at this price, Los Angeles becomes an underdog.

Bet: Kings (+160, FanDuel Sportsbook)