Game preview: The Oilers are playing the best ES team in the league this afternoon and will need to play out of their minds to keep up. Expect a significant shot deficit this afternoon. Good luck, Devan.
Oilers Report: Jerred Smithson is here! Jerred Smithson is here! Huzzah!
Kings Report: Jonathan Quick has come around and the teams are still dominating at evens. They're in rare air at even strength, on par with the 07-08 Wings and 08-09 Penguins for even strength dominance. The Oilers will have to take advantage of their advantage on special teams.
Expected Line Combinations
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Nail Yakupov
Mike Brown - Jerred Smithson - Ryan Jones
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter
Scratches: Mark Fistric, Theo Peckham
Staples Center, 2:00 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
By The Numbers
Los Angeles leads the league in shot differential at +5.3 per game
Edmonton is last in the league in shot differential at -5.4
Edmonton is .9 shots per game back of the Capitals in 29th, the largest gap between any two sequentially ranked teams.
Edmonton's special teams are ranked 3rd in the league, the Kings' special teams rank 15th.