Oilers @ Kings Game 38 Preview: Head West, Young Men

Derek Leung

The Oilers dip into California for a two-game set before getting back to Alberta.

Edmonton Flyers

@

LA Kings
16-14-7, 1.05 p/g
21-13-3, 1.22 p/g
Western Conf: 9th Western Conf: 5th

2:00 p.m. MST | Sportsnet
Staples Center
Tickets


Top Story: The last time these two teams played, I wrote:

Taylor Hall is the Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla and no one can stop him. Hall's recent dominance has been spectacular to watch as he's been so good, he's pulling the team along with him.

Nothing much has changed on that front, except now everyone is repeating the wildly stupid "Hall has gone supernova!" thing. If you're commenting here, don't write that. He's been an incredible player for three seasons - some pucks are going in for him right now.

Los Angeles is a great team. Since beginning the season 3-5-2, the Kings have gone 18-8-1 in their last 27. Jonathan Quick woke up a bit, but this team is a killer even strength team. They've got forward depth that can grind opponents into paste and a gaggle of young defensemen behind Drew Doughty who can smoothly move the puck out of the zone. If the Kings had 82 games, it's a near certainty that they would chase down the Ducks.

Both teams are 6-3-1 in their last 10.

Here ya go, Chappy:

The Oilers are saying:

"That said, ready and willing and Mike Brown again showed that there's value in having a physical element. While he got his nose bent in a scrap with Steve Begin, his willingness to pay the price early when the game could have got away from the Oilers helped turned the tide."

--Edmonton sports writer Robin Brownlee, showing a fundamental misunderstanding of hockey.

The Edmonton sports writing contingent has a really sad love of fighting and they've spent far too much time writing about and talking about how much Mike Brown means to the Oilers and hockey in general.

The Opponent is saying:

"At times, they remind me of Vancouver with their complaining and stuff like that. I don’t know if it’s one single guy or anything like that. It kind of seems like a whole team kind of thing.

All teams whine, all teams complain, it just seems like this team, especially against us ... seem to do it every night."

--Drew Doughty, on the Coyotes and Canucks in-game whining.

Doughty rules.

Key matchup: Ralph Krueger should keep Potter, Corey and Ryan Whitney away from the Kings top lines and should avoid putting his fourth line out after power plays or penalty kills. The Kings will absolutely eat those guys alive.


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton knee 01/16/2013
Eric Belanger groin 03/26/2013


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Willie Mitchell knee 01/18/2013
Matt Greene back 01/20/2013
Dustin Penner other-excused 03/31/2013


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