Puck Probability: Predictions for Kings at Oilers, Dec. 30

MacTavish Oilers NHLKings v Oilers, man, back in the day that was a marquee match up in the NHL if there ever was one. The story lines came by the chapter, not simply by the headlines. Nowadays, meh. It means little in the grand scheme of things.

That being said, LA needs a road win. What’s new, right? Well, actually, there is at least one bit of news surrounding this game – Craig MacTavish has wised up and realized his time might be better served scouting at the World Junior Championship than trying to reprise his role as the team’s head coach, and has relived himself of duties behind the bench.

Let’s get to the good stuff though. Joining us for some pre-game predictions is Jason Strudwick, radio host on TSN 1260 in Edmonton. Before he became a talking head, Struds laced ’em up for 674 games as a NHL defenseman, scoring 13 goals. And, yes, one of those 13 was against the Kings. It came during the first period of a game between the Canucks and Kings, played at the newly opened Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 29, 2000. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, with Ziggy Palffy recording the only goal for LA. The real stars of the game were the goalies, as Vancouver netminder Felix Potvin made 40 saves and LA’s Stephane Fiset had a 32-save effort of his own.

Below are a handful of things each of us think just might unfold once the puck drops tonight in Edmonton…

Odds by MayorsManor:

1:1 – Edmonton’s newest acquisition, Matt Fraser, will score a goal.

3:1 – Jarret Stoll will put a goal for the Kings.

17:1 – That will be the Kings lone goal of the game.

50:1 – Darryl Sutter will use these exact lines suggested earlier today.

130:1 – Edmonton’s Justin Schultz will fight LA’s Jeff Schultz to determine Schultz supremacy.

250:1 – Craig MacTavish is so annoyed with his team’s effort in the first 20 minutes, he attempts to sign himself to a player’s contract during the intermission.

Odds by Jason Strudwick:

2:1 – Massive D-zone coverage issue by the Oilers on a Kings goal.

5:1 – Weak goal given up by “insert Oilers starting goalie here.”

10:1 – Oilers fans boo at end of the first period.

35:1 – Edmonton scores on the power play.

50:1 – One of the ex-Oilers scores for the Kings!

Later today, I’ll join Marc Majeau on TSN radio in Edmonton for a live pre-game chat (you can listen online here around 5:30 pm PST)… or to see other recent odds articles click here.

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