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The Los Angeles Kings will look to put away the Edmonton Oilers in this Game Six battle. This series has been close at times, but at other times, the Oilers have looked like the better team (even though they are losing in the series). The Kings won Game One behind Trevor Moore’s one goal and two assists, but the Oilers crushed the Kings in Games Two and Three. The Oilers won Game Two 6-0 behind Evander Kane’s two goals and one assist and Mike Smith’s 30 saves and won Game Three 8-2 behind Evander Kane’s hat trick.
The Kings had no issue winning Game Four. They shut out the Oilers on their way to a 4-0 win. Game Five was much closer, but the Kings came out on top. Los Angeles won 5-4 in overtime on an Adrian Kempe goal, his second of the night. This series could go either way, but the Kings might be able to take advantage of home ice and close it out in Game Six.
The Edmonton Oilers have been very up-and-down in these Playoffs. They scored 14 combined goals in Games Two and Three but could not put one puck in the back of the net during Game Four.
Edmonton has had three players stand out from the rest during these first five Playoff games: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Evander Kane. McDavid has only scored two goals, but he has constantly set up his teammates; his seven assists lead the Oilers. Leon Draisaitl has not stopped scoring goals since the Playoffs started. He has five goals and two assists. Finally, we have Evander Kane. Kane played well when he was healthy this season but has been really impressive in this series; he has five goals and one assist.
The Oilers have had some inconsistent goaltending. Mike Smith has started all five games and played well at certain points. He shut out the Kings in Game Two but allowed five goals in Game Five. Smith has seen a lot of shots in net, so the Oilers’ defense needs to step up and make it harder for Los Angeles to shoot.
The Los Angeles Kings have only scored 15 goals in this series. However, their defense has been strong enough to limit the Oilers’ scoring when it matters.
The Kings have not had any prolific goal scorers against the Oilers, but they have seen productive play from Phillip Danault, Trevor Moore, and Adrian Kempe. All three of these players have five points and at least two goals.
The Kings’ goaltending has been problematic this season and in the playoffs. Jonathan Quick has started all five games and given up almost four goals per game. If the Kings decide to stick with Quick, he will have to improve in net.
The Kings are playing at home and have momentum from their Game Five win, so they will squeak out the victory.
|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)|
|Connor McDavid (9)||Points||Phillip Danault (5)|
|Leon Draisaitl (5)||Goals||Phillip Danault (3)|
|Connor McDavid (7)||Assists||Trevor Moore (3)|
|Cody Ceci (5)||+/-||Phillip Danault (6)|
|Evander Kane (4.60)||Shots (Per Game)||Adrian Kempe (5.40)|
The Edmonton Oilers are favored to win but will only do so if they draw penalties and limit the Kings’ shots.
The Oilers have dominated the Kings’ on the power-play. They are converting on over 41% of their opportunities, and ⅓ of their goals have come with a man advantage. Edmonton must continue drawing penalties.
The Kings are averaging 40 shots a game in this First Round. The Oilers cannot allow them to take that many shots in Game Six. If they do, the Kings will win.
The Los Angeles Kings will have a tough Game Six matchup but will win if they slow down Connor McDavid and involve Anze Kopitar.
Connor McDavid has been phenomenal in this series. He has two goals and seven assists. With that being said, the Kings have to slow him down and stop him from setting up his teammates.
Anze Kopitar has been quiet in this series. He is playing in over 22 minutes a game but only has one goal, two assists, and a +/- of -3. Kopitar needs to find his motor and start contributing.
Evander Kane missed almost half of the regular season with injuries but has been a goal-scoring machine in the Playoffs. He is tied for the team lead with five goals and had a hat trick in Game Three.
Kane has to continue taking shots and scoring. He should also involve his teammates and set them up with scoring opportunities.
Jonathan Quick has played almost every minute of this series. His play has been questionable, but he needs to be a brick wall in this game. If Quick plays well in this game, he will lead Los Angeles to victory and the Second Round.
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|Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings Information|
|What||Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings|
|Where||Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California|
|When||Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||TBS|
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