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Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers Game Three Preview

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The defending Stanley Cup Champs come to town.

The Kings need Kopitar back in playoff shape
The Kings need Kopitar back in playoff shape
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Kings (
0-2-0, last place) @ Oilers (1-1-0, second place)
7:30 p.m. MST
| TSN
Rexall Place

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The opposing view:
Jewels From The Crown, McSorley's Stick, Battle of California

Top Story: The Kings can't get on track and the Oilers just suffered a thumping by a grown-up team. The Kings' performance has nothing to do with a Stanley Cup hangover (see below), so with Anze Kopitar returning to full health, they should start to roll again, even without Matt Greene. The Oilers ran into a legitmately talented team and folded hard in the first period. Much of the responsibility rests with Ralph Krueger as his line-matching was not up to snuff and his penalty killers were disjointed and scattered.

Which team gets back on track first?

The Oilers are saying:

"Everyone was too focused on the puck, myself included. It's not acceptable and it won't happen again."

--Ladislav Smid on the team's effort against the Sharks

The Opponent is saying:

"We've had plenty of time to talk about it. It's January already, so I think everybody has stopped talking about it regardless"

--Anze Kopitar, on a Stanley Cup hangover

Key matchup: Until he proves he can coach with the big boys, the key matchup for the Oilers is going to be Ralph Krueger versus the opponent's head coach.


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nikolai Khabibulin groin 01/18/2013
Andy Sutton
knee 01/18/2013
Theo Peckham
hip 01/18/2013
Ryan Jones
eye 01/18/2013


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Willie Mitchell knee 01/18/2013
Matt Greene back 01/21/2013