Oilers vs. Kings Prediction and Odds for Game 3 (Value on Oilers & Under)

The Kings hope to gain a 2-1 series lead as they host the Oilers tonight at 10:00 PM EST
The Kings hope to gain a 2-1 series lead as they host the Oilers tonight at 10:00 PM EST / Codie McLachlan/GettyImages

The Edmonton Oilers smoked the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 in Game 2 to tie this NHL Playoffs first round series at 1-1. Game 3 is tonight at 10:00 PM EST as the series moves to Los Angeles.

Oilers' goalie Mike Smith notched snapped a 10-game winless streak in the playoffs with a dominant shutout in Game 2, and will look to build off that momentum after his late, critical error cost Edmonton Game 1.

Jonathan Quick should be in net for Los Angeles and while he's struggled so far in this series, he was great in the regular season and I expect him to bounce back.

Can he give the Kings an edge in a series that could easily be 2-0 in favor of Edmonton? Or will the Oilers stay hot with a road victory?

Let's check out the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook to help find some value ahead of this vital Oilers vs Kings Game 3 matchup:

Oilers vs Kings Odds, Puck Line and Total

Puck Line:

  • Oilers -1.5 (+180)
  • Kings +1.5 (-225)


  • Oilers: -145
  • Kings: +125


  • 6.5 (Over +100/Under -120)

Oilers vs Kings Prediction and Pick

Wednesday's dominant victory was more important for the Oilers than you may think. They'd lost six consecutive playoff games prior to that, and some wondered if they had a mental block preventing their overwhelming talent from breaking through.

Between Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers are going to have the best two players on the ice in almost every contest they play. But their ancillary pieces have been the question mark, especially goalie Mike Smith. Smith had lost 10 consecutive playoff games before Game 2's shutout victory, and he's hoping that getting the playoff monkey off his back will get a winning streak started.

The Oilers are 5-2 in their last seven road games, including a 3-2 win in Los Angeles last month. Edmonton beat the Kings 5-2 on the road in March as well, so the onus is on the home squad to prove they can get it done.

Simply put, Los Angeles cannot afford to have this turn into a high-scoring contest. The offensive firepower of the Oilers is too overwhelming, so the Kings should try to slow this game down and turn it into a slugfest.

As a result, I love the under 6.5 in this one. It's hit in four straight games when the Kings are home underdogs and is 9-5 in Edmonton's last 14 as a road underdog.

But I also can't ignore the value on the Oilers. Edmonton closed as -200 or better favorites in each of the first two games, but now find themselves at only -145? I don't think the move to Los Angeles is worth such a giant change in the odds, especially when the Oilers have two straight road wins over the Kings.

I'll back the Oilers at -145 to improve to 8-2 in their last 10 as a road favorite and push Los Angeles to 1-7 in their past eight as a home underdog.

Pick: Oilers (-145) and Under 6.5 (-120)

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