As mentioned, these two teams met in the 2022 playoffs, with the Oilers coming out on top. Thus far, the Kings have secured wins in both head-to-head matchups this year, 3-1 and 6-3, holding McDavid to a single goal and a minus-two rating.
Interestingly, these teams will meet two more times, on Mar. 30 and Apr. 4, which means a critical four points are up for grabs during these contests. Ultimately, the winners of these two games could secure home-ice advantage in the event the two collide in the opening round.
Last year, the Kings had to play game seven on the road, so finishing ahead of the Oilers in the standings would guarantee more contests at Crypto.com Arena. Even if these two powerhouses avoid each other to open up the playoffs, should both clubs advance, they would most likely meet in the second round with a chance to play in the final four on the line.