5 things to watch for in Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings series

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 21: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers and Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings look on during the third period of a game at Staples Center on November 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 21: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers and Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings look on during the third period of a game at Staples Center on November 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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4. Edmonton Oilers’ depth

The Edmonton Oilers have lots of depth that the Los Angeles Kings will deal with.

The Edmonton Oilers have some of the best depth in the National Hockey League. There are still a lot of folks out there that think McDavid is the only reason they are good.

To be honest, even though McDavid is having one of the best seasons ever, you can still believe that the Oilers would be a good team without him. They wouldn’t be Stanley Cup contenders, but they’d be good.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each have 100+ points as well. Having three guys north of the century mark is truly amazing stuff. At even strength and on the power play, all these guys are amazing together.

The even more remarkable thing is that all 12 of the forwards that they are going to dress in the playoffs have at least 10 goals, which is absolutely unbelievable to think about. Their forward depth is as good as anyone.

On defense, they have some absolute studs. They went out and got Mattias Ekholm who might have been the most impactful acquisition at the deadline. With Darnell Nurse and Evan Bouchard amongst others, it is a really nice blue line.

Their goaltending depth is good enough with Stuart Skinner and Jack Campbell. Skinner will likely be the guy in the postseason, but after a rough start, they have no reason not to believe in Campbell if he is needed.

These Los Angeles Kings have some good depth too, otherwise, they wouldn’t be here. However, it doesn’t even come close to that which the Oilers bring to the table.