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Los Angeles Kings 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting

Los Angeles Kings 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

The Los Angeles Kings took a step back this season after two previous campaigns in which they finished with a win percentage above .603. Respected head coach Tood McClellan was forced to walk the plank after a 23-15-10 start, and assistant Jim Hiller was hired to provide a spark. Instead, his results are only marginally better than McClellan’s. But Hiller fulfilled his ultimate mission of getting the Kings into the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Los Angeles remains an offensively challenged team that relies on a tight defensive structure for its success. LA’s formula is dubious for playoff success.

2024 Stanley Cup Betting Odds

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Los Angeles Kings Team Overview

This year, the Los Angeles Kings are 44-27-11 straight up and 30-49 over/under the total. Also, Los Angeles is 3rd in the Western Conference playoff standings. Los Angeles is 16 points behind the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference playoff race. Late on, Los Angeles has covered six out of their last eight games. While the Kings have gone under the total in four of its previous five matchups. Los Angeles has NHL rankings of 19th for goals scored and 14th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Kings have NHL rankings of 3rd for goals against and 2nd for penalty killing.

RW Adrian Kempe leads Los Angeles with 28 goals, 47 assists, 75 points and a +13. G Cam Talbot has a 2.50 goals against average, a .913 save percentage, and a record of 27-20-6 with three shutouts.

Edmonton Oilers Team Overview

This year, the Edmonton Oilers are 49-27-6 straight up and 35-43-4 over/under the total. Also, Edmonton is 5th in the Western Conference playoff standings. Edmonton is 9 points behind the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference playoff race. Late on, Edmonton has covered one out of their last five games. In contrast, the Oilers have gone over the total in two of its previous seven matchups. Edmonton has NHL rankings of 4th for goals scored and 4th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Oilers have NHL rankings of 10th for goals against and 16th for penalty killing.

C Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 32 goals, 100 assists, 132 points and a +35. G Stuart Skinner has a 2.62 goals against average, .905 save percentage, 36-16-5 with two shutouts.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 44 27 3rd, Pacific TBD
2022–23 82 47 25 3rd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Oilers)
2021–22 82 44 27 3rd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Oilers)
2020–21 56 21 28 6th, West Did not qualify
2019–20 70 29 35 7th, Pacific Did not qualify
2018–19 82 31 42 8th, Pacific Did not qualify
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Los Angeles Kings History

Founded in the NHL “Great Expansion” of 1967 that doubled the league’s size from 6 to 12 teams, the Los Angeles Kings have had a rich history in both good times and bad. The early years were headlined by Real “Frenchy” Lemieux and Eddie “The Jet” Joyal. Original owner Jack Kent Cooke built the “Fabulous Forum” for his Kings. But mediocre hockey was the rule rather than the exception for most of the Kings' first 20 years of existence. Thus, the team was largely ignored. But everything changed with Wayne Gretzky’s arrival in 1988. The Great One made both the Kings and NHL mainstream. The Kings went from being ignored to the most popular team in LA. A new generation of Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

Gretzky is the biggest name to ever play the sport, let alone for the Kings. But others such as Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne, and Rogie Vachon are revered hockey names in Southern California and Kings lore.

The dream of a Stanley Cup seemed impossible for many longtime Kings fans. But Los Angeles built up its roster with several good drafts. By the time the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs began, the Kings were perhaps the best 8-seed team in history. And that was proven by how Los Angeles steamrolled through the postseason to win their first Stanley Cup.

LA overcame an 0-3 deficit against the San Jose Sharks two years later to win the series 4-3. That was the springboard to a second Stanley Cup title run.

The Kings have always played second fiddle to the Lakers in Los Angeles. But the hockey club has always had die-hard passionate loyalists the pack the arena for every game.

The end of the 2021-22 season marked the retirement of longtime King stalwart and former captain Dustin Brown. Brown was the captain of both of LA’s Stanley Cup championship teams. He goes down as one of the greatest Kings of all time.

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