Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/23/2020
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (-117) Kings (+106)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (32-22-7, 2nd in the Pacific Division) go to Staples Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Kings (22-34-5, 8th in the Pacific Division). The Kings open this game at +106 while the Oilers are coming in at -117. The O/U has been set at 6. The Oilers cover 50.9% of the time, having gone 30-29 SU. Los Angeles covers 36.1% of the time, going 22-39 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers come into this matchup with a record of 32 victories and 22 losses, which puts them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 192 goals which has them at 4th in the Western Conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, which puts them at 16th in the NHL. The Oilers currently have a total of 71 pts, which has them at 14th in the NHL and 5th in the West. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,814 which has them at 13th in the conference and 26th in the NHL. As a team, Edmonton has compiled a total of 1,272 hits which means they are averaging 20.9 per contest. They currently have a total of 771 blocks for this year. The man in goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,824 mins in goal for the campaign. Smith is allowing an average of 2.89 goals against average which has him ranking 18th among Western Conference goaltenders and 38th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 88 goals. He has a save % of .905 which has him ranking 24th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 3 defeat against the Minnesota Wild the last time they stepped on the ice. The Oilers had a middle of the road offensive output in this loss. For this matchup, they netted 3 out of the 26 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Edmonton ended up with 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers was 56 and the Corsi against was 52 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 51.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 41, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 42.3%. They earned 27 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 38.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 98.3 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Minnesota Wild tallied 39 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Kings will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 22 wins and 34 losses. Regarding goal differential, they rank 15th in the Western Conference and 30th in the league with -42. They currently have a total of 153 goals for the year which ranks them 14th in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has a team save % of .891 which has them ranked 30th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They are shooting 7.4% which puts them at 15th in the West. In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a rough year by giving up 3.02 goals per contest and that ranks him 26th among West goaltenders and 49th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,264 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 114 goals. He's earned a save % of .897, which has him ranking 29th among West goaltenders and 57th in the NHL among goalies.
The Los Angeles Kings squared up with the Florida Panthers in a matchup where the Kings took home the victory by a score of 5 - 4. For this game, Los Angeles went home with a 61.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 53 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick rate was 57.7% with a Fenwick of 41 and the Panthers having a 30 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO of 103.8 and their percentage of oZS was 61.8%. The Kings notched 5 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play chances in this game and scored 1 out of those chances. Regarding their opponent, the Panthers had 4 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Los Angeles gave up 29 shots on goal and the Panthers had 12 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Edmonton (-117)
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