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Kings @ Oilers Game 37 Preview

One day after making two moves, the Oilers look to close out 2014 with a W. I mean, they could do it against Calgary tomorrow, but I'm hedging my bets.

Derek Roy comes with that new forward scent.
Derek Roy comes with that new forward scent.
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18-12-7, 31 points, 1.162 p/g Ranks 7-22-7, 21 points, .584 p/g
Western Conference - 8th Western Conference -14th
17th P/G 30th
6th ST 25th
7th ES 30th
6th Goal 30th
7:30 PM MDT
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Jewels From The Crown

This Year Has Sure Been A Blast

The Oilers were soundly defeated at the hands of the Calgary Flames by the score of  4-1 in front of a national audience this past Saturday.  The Flames raced to a 3-0 lead less than nine minutes into the first, Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season, former Oiler Curtis Glencross added a goal and an assist, and once again, Edmonton was unable to get very far off the ground.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his tenth goal of the season to start the third period, but the Oilers weren't going to amass much more than that.

The Oilers will mercifully close out 2014 with a matchup against the LA Kings today, and one tomorrow against the Flames at Rexall.  Since yesterday, they've made a couple of roster moves.  Will it be enough for anything positive to happen?

The Oilers are saying

"They have a lot of good, young forwards.  It's an opportunity for me to go in there and show my leadership and play as best I can and help the team any way I can"

That's newly acquired centre Derek Roy on what he thinks he can bring to the Oilers.

The Oilers traded centre Mark Arcobello for centre Derek Roy yesterday.  I'll admit, I was somewhat pleased to see Derek Roy finally make it to Edmonton, but centre is a position that's pretty weak on the team.  Trading a centre for a centre seems...well, redundant.  I feel confident in saying that Derek Roy is a player the Oilers could've had for not a lot of coin during the last unrestricted free agency period.  I think Roy is an upgrade on Arcobello, and if he gets some time on the second line, his time here might work out.  I'm not really on board with dealing a centre to get him, though.

The Opponent is saying

"It's probably best for the team to just forget about this one and move right on.  That's what we do every night.  It doesn't matter if we win or lose; when we go into a new game, it's a new game, new team."

The Kings aren't very good outside of Los Angeles.  Last night's loss in Calgary puts them at 4-8-5 on the season, and they're in Edmonton tonight to take on the Oilers.  It's a fair bet that the Kings will be a little bit tired for tonight's game, but the Oilers have been routinely dusted for some time now.  A win tonight would be Edmonton's second win in nearly two months.  Baby steps.

Have some of this
  • FROM THE PLAYER ACQUISITION DEPT: Not only did Edmonton acquire Derek Roy from Nashville yesterday, they plucked Matt Fraser off the waiver wire.  Formerly a Bruin, Fraser has scored three goals in 24 games with Boston this year.  For more info on Fraser (who is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight) here's a little write up that went down yesterday.
  • Martin Jones (3-3-1, .921) is expected to get the start for LA between the pipes, as Jonathan Quick got the nod last night in Calgary.  I'd expect Ben Scrivens to go for Edmonton, because why not?
  • Brad Hunt has been sent down to OKC.  This is not a drill.  Don't everybody all panic now.  The Oilers have activated Nikita Nikitin, who I have determined to be slightly better after filing all of the paperwork through the scantron machine.  Only slightly better. We'll always have this.
  • Benoit Pouliot (foot) is skating a little bit.  Hopefully, he can soon turn it into "playing a little bit"
  • Here's to a better 2015.  One with more than 76 goals in 36 games.  One where the Oilers aren't last in the league in major statistical categories.  Here's to better goaltending, somehow convincing Jeff Petry to re-sign with the team.  Here's to a better, kinder, gentler not getting crushed in your home barn so often.