The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are playing in one of the best series of the first round. It has been back and forth all series long with good play from everyone.
All four games have seen teams make comebacks too which makes every minute of every game compelling. A series like this is why the playoffs in the NHL rule.
In the most recent game, Edmonton tied the series in overtime after erasing a 3-0 deficit. The stars came to shine for both sides and now we have a tied series (2-2).
Coming into this game five, it is anyone’s series. It is now shifted back to Edmonton, but that hasn’t mattered all series as each team is 1-1 in each barn.
The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers are in a very hard battle.
One thing to think about, as mentioned before, is the fact that neither team can feel safe at any point in the game. That fact is certainly something for whoever gets out to a lead to work on. The winner of the series won’t go far in the playoffs if that trend continues.
Connor McDavid is obviously a big story in the series. He is going to win the Hart Trophy as the MVP of the league and his outstanding play has continued into the postseason.
With guys like Leon Draisaitl, Evan Bouchard, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins amongst others backing him up, this team is lethal.
As for the Kings, they have done a solid job of containing the Oilers’ high-powered offense at times as well. Although all of Edmonton’s stars have been producing, it has been much worse.
Kings players like Anze Kopitar, Alex Iafallo, and Adrian Kempe have lived up to the hype surrounding them after another sensational regular season.
If the Oilers find a way to win this series, they might find that the Kings were their toughest opponent because of the outstanding resistance they are capable of providing at times. When the Oilers do strike, it is because of their relentless and quick-strike ability.
The Kings have proven that they deserve to be in this series and should be taken seriously at all times. If they find a way to win it, people will be scared to play against them.
We are getting down to the wire in this series (as is every series). The winner of this game will have a chance to force handshakes in game six while the loser will be trying to force game seven. It is extremely exciting.