GameThread: Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings

Harry How

Edmonton tries to rebound in Los Angeles

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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.

Team Reports

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

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Mark Fistric, Theo Peckham

Broadcast Information

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.
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