Edmonton Oilers Vs Los Angeles Kings- Game 7 Pre-Game

The Edmonton Oilers Host The Los Angeles Kings Tonight In a Game 7. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Edmonton Oilers Host The Los Angeles Kings Tonight In a Game 7. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

The Edmonton Oilers look to move to the second round of the playoffs tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Rogers Place.

8 PM MST. Saturday, May 14. Oilers -1.5. 3-3. 148. 3-3. 67. CBC

It doesn’t get much better for excitement/nervousness than a game 7. After playing a strong game 6 on the road to force this game 7 the Edmonton Oilers look to punch their ticket into the second round tonight.

This series has been a back and fourth series with the Kings winning game 1, Oilers winning 2 and 3, LA winning 4 and 5, then the Oilers winning the must win game 6.

Edmonton Oilers Need To Score FIrst

So far this whole series which ever team has scored first has won the game. The Oilers every game except for game six have had bad starts. It was good to see that when they actually needed a good start they had one.

This game is just as important as last game, so I can see the Edmonton Oilers coming out flying. The home crowd should be behind them so getting “fired up” shouldn’t be an issue.

I would like to see Woodcroft do what he did with McDavid and Draisaitl last game. He rotated them through the every line. This not only gave them more ice time and opportunities, but also got them away from the top forward lines of Los Angeles.

 Darnell Nurse Back In The Line-up

After missing last game from a suspension for head-butting Phillip Danault, Darnell Nurse will be back in the line-up tonight.

It was a very selfish and stupid play by Nurse to do this and it cost him his spot in a very important games. Luckily for him the rest of the team played very well and was able to get the win.

Tonight I expect Nurse to come and play his best game of the series. He will be playing for his whole team cause he knows how much of an effect he can have when he is on the line-up.

Playing Through The Pain

After this play on Wednesday night Leon Draisaitl was visibly in discomfort. The good news for Oilers fans is he finished the game. It looks like it could be a lower leg or ankle issue.

If anyone has ever hurt their ankle while wearing skates you know the pain doesn’t start till after you take off your boot. Once the skate is off the swelling takes over and that is when the discomfort can really kick on.

The good news is the Edmonton Oilers have a much better medical staff than what most regular people have available to them. So hopefully it was able to heal enough over the last 24 hours and he is healthy enough to  play.

I think Draisaitl would have to be not be able to skate for him to not be in the line-up tonight. An injured Draisaitl is still better than almost every player on the Oilers roster.

Even if his skating is effected he still would be able to play on the powerplay and offensive zone face offs. In these scenarios there isn’t as much skating required.

Which Team Will Show Up?

As I mentioned earlier the team that scores first has won every game this series. Also the only time the Oilers controlled in the first period was game 6.

I believe even if the Oilers play like they did in game 6 and give up the first goal tonight they still have chance to win. Just as long as the goal scored against is an earned goal. If the Edmonton Oilers gift the Kings any goals tonight I think they will be in trouble.

There has been lots of mistakes by the Oilers in this series. From game 1 where Mike Smith gave the puck away or game 5 when the Oilers gave the puck away at their blue line for back to back goal against.

If the Edmonton Oilers want to win this game it is a simple plan. All they have to do is not beat themselves. In my opinion the Kings haven’t played good enough to beat the Oilers if they play good.

The losses for the Oilers have all been self inflicted. Play a clean mistake free game and the Edmonton Oilers will be prepping for round 2. Have a mistake filled game and they will be cleaning out their locker rooms.

Pre-Game Audio

Playoff Game #7

Date: 5/14/2022

Opponent: Los Angeles Kings

Location: Rogers Place

Time: 8:00 PM

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Betting Odds: WynnBET

The Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings betting odds on WynnBET have Kings as +1.5 point underdogs tonight, while the Oilers are the favorites at -1.5. Edmonton is also favored with a Moneyline odd of -200 on the night while Los Angeles is sitting at +175. Tonight’s game is expected to be high-scoring with an over/under of 6.0 goals on the night.