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Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick & Prediction MAY 14TH 2022

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The Edmonton Oilers have both momentum and home-ice advantage going their way when they play host to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in Game 7 of their Western Conference first-round series.

The favored Oilers, who are looking to win a series for the first time since 2017, will not underestimate the mental aspect of the challenge ahead against a team that has managed to claw its way through the matchup.

Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft wants his charges to see the possibilities instead of the pressure.

"It's a great opportunity for us," Woodcroft said. "We've had some really good moments in the series, but for us to get to where we want, we have to ... get our mind right for what the challenge is going to require.

"We have a very clear understanding of who we are. We understand how we have to play to be successful."

Edmonton is 6-4 in all-time Game 7s, with a 3-1 home record. The Kings have a 7-4 mark in Game 7 clashes, including a 5-3 road record.

The Oilers forced the deciding game with Thursday's 4-2 road victory, in which Evander Kane scored twice to give him seven goals in the series. Connor McDavid collected one goal and two assists to give him a league-best 12 points in the playoffs, and Tyson Barrie scored the game-winning goal with five minutes remaining.

"I can't wait," Barrie said. "(Our fans have) been amazing all year, all playoffs and we've seen the crowds and what they're getting up to, so it's going to be bonkers in there. We can't wait to get on the ice for Game 7. It's going to be awesome."

Edmonton defenseman Darnell Nurse will return to the lineup after he served his one-game suspension for head-butting Phillip Danault in Game 5.

The Kings, who finished five points behind the Oilers in the regular season for third place in the Pacific Division, wasted an opportunity to clinch the series on home ice Thursday. They fell behind early, then erased a 2-0 deficit only to allow a late goal.

Now the quest for Los Angeles is to learn from what transpired.

"The older guys haven't been there in a few years, and we have a few guys that haven't experienced this at all, so it's natural," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "But if you told us that we got to win one game to advance, we'd certainly take the opportunity. So, it's not all that bad."

Kopitar is one of only a few players remaining from the Kings' Stanley Cup winning teams of 2012 and '14, and the lesson he wants his teammates to learn is to focus on their first shift and nothing else.

"I think maybe the thought of ending the series kind of creeped into our mind and we started off a little tentative," he said.

Kings coach Todd McLellan recognized his team was the underdog to start the series, but that narrative is out the window now.

"We've had a dress rehearsal," McLellan said. "We have enough experience, guys that have been through this before.

"We like this situation. If somebody said 'Hey, the L.A. Kings against the Edmonton Oilers, go play for one game,' we're not particularly happy with how we got to it (with Thursday's loss), but we can't do anything about that now, so let's look ahead. We've won there before and we can win there again."

The Kings hoped 20-goal scorer Viktor Arvidsson would suit up at some point in the series, but he's been ruled out due to injury.

--Field Level Media

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson both collected one goal and one assist to pace the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 home victory over the slumping Los Angeles Kings Friday night.

Goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped 35 shots for the Oilers, who vaulted the Arizona Coyotes to reclaim top spot in the Pacific Division.

Koskinen was especially the difference maker in the first period, in which he made 18 saves and delivered a gem of a stop on Austin Wagner. The Kings also had a goal waved off after Blake Lizotte scored late in the opening frame, but it was overruled after a challenge that he was offside before the puck went in the net.

A pair of first-period power-play goals provided more than enough offense. Draisaitl opened the scoring with a fortunate tally at the 11:02 mark of the opening frame. Draisaitl sent a shot from beyond the right faceoff dot that banked off the leg of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and into the net for his 19th goal of the season.

Chiasson doubled the lead with 5:14 remaining the frame. While the Oilers zipped the puck around the zone, Chiasson worked his way behind the defenders at the doorstep. He redirected a pinpoint feed from Connor McDavid for his third goal of the season.

Michael Amadio provided the Kings a comeback chance when he put them on the board with 6:28 left in the third period. Koskinen made a couple of stops, but Amadio shoveled home the rebound for his fifth goal of the year, but that's as close as the visitors could get.

Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots for the Kings, who have lost three straight games. Los Angeles has struggled mightily on the road this season, with a dismal 2-11-1 record. The Kings have another road game on Saturday, when they travel to face the Calgary Flames.

--Field Level Media

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