ESPN will host Monday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The puck is set to drop at 10 p.m. ET at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Oilers enter the playoffs on a nine-game winning streak and are getting a lot of love from expert predictions. Connor McDavid just scored 64 goals and had 153 points. The Oilers goaltending is playing well led by rookie Stuart Skinner. Mattias Ekholm has been brought in to provide some stability on defense. It’s all clicking and the Oilers were able to make it to the West Final last season with Mike Smith in net. This team is much better.
The Kings are back in the postseason after giving this Oilers team a run for their money in the first round in 2022. Los Angeles forced Game 7 and almost eliminated McDavid. This time around, the Kings are likely better off in net with Joonas Korpisalo and Pheonix Copley vs. Jonathan Quick, who was dealt at the deadline. Kevin Fiala is also on board, plus Gabe Vilardi and Viktor Arvidsson provide more depth at forward.
2023 NHL Playoffs: Kings vs. Oilers live stream
Date: Monday, April 17
Start time: 10 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: WatchESPN, ESPN app
If you aren’t around a TV to check out this NHL matchup, you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.