Hockey betting excitement for the Kings is high due to a talented roster the has built upon the momentum of last year when the Kings made the NHL betting post season after a long absence.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night with a starting time of 10:30 PM ET. Be sure and set up your account at Sports-Gambling for action on both the side and total odds on this important Western Conference matchup.
The Edmonton Oilers had a record of 12-14-1-4 with the hockey odds but were playing a little better as of late with 6 payouts in 9 games from November 29 through December 16. Edmonton was 6-6-1-2 on the road and went under the total in just 5 of their first 15 road games.
The Oilers ranked 17th for goal scoring but a poor 29th for goals against and that lack of defense is what is holding them down as the last place team in the Western Conference standings. Coach Tom Renney remains optimistic and thinks that the Oilers can still make the playoffs.
Number one goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will have to dramatically cut down on his 3.46 goals against average for that to happen however. Defenseman Ryan Whitney had a most impressive 24 assists while center Jordan Eberle had 9 goals and 13 assists.
The Los Angeles Kings had a NHL wagering record of 18-11-1 with a strong home record of 11-2-1. The Kings were in the 8th and final playoff spot in the highly competitive Western Conference standings.
Los Angeles has always had a tradition of high scoring teams that didn’t play a lot of defense but that has changed under coach Terry Murray as they ranked an impressive 5th for goals against and 13th for scoring offense. LA won 5 of 7 games from December 2 through December 18.
Center Anze Kopitar led the Kings with 14 goals and 17 assists with right wing Justin Williams at 11 goals and 17 assists and right wing Dustin Brown at 11 goals and 14 assists. Number one netminder Jonathan Quick was a key hockey betting asset with a 1.98 goals against average and 2 shutouts.