After losing Saturday's game against the nemesis Calgary Flames—pretty well by the mid-point of the first—the Edmonton Oilers improved to one win in their last 22 games. I say improved because, hell, at this point, it's all about Connor McHockey.
The Oilers will have a new look tonight against the Los Angeles Kings as Mark Arcobello was shipped off to the Predators in exchange for aging centre Derek Roy. Roy will slot in on the second line, while waiver-wire addition Matt Fraser will line up to the side of Leon Draisaitl on the third unit.
How to Tune In
If you really want to, you can find tonight's game on Sportsnet West at 7:30 PM MT.
What To Watch For From The Kings
The Flames did the Kings in last night with two quick goals in the first period—much like their three in the first frame against the Oilers on Saturday night. The following is from Jewels From The Crown:
About a minute later, Johnny Gaudreau deked around Matt Greene and just completely turnstiled him. Alec Martinez went down to block the pass but committed just about half a second too early. Dwight King over skated the puck then fell down and Greene ran into his own goaltender, completely taking him out of the play and giving Markus Granlund a wide open net. Someone needs to put that on video and set it to Benny Hill because it was so ridiculous.
2-0 Calgary with almost 7 minutes left to play in the first period.
What To Watch For From The Oilers
The addition of veteran Derek Roy to the Oilers centre depth chart is obviously a case of too-little-too-late, but it will be interesting to see how he fits in offensively with the current wing corps. First impressions of the former Predator will be all the more important considering this latest bit of Oilers news...
This Just In
The Edmonton Oilers are expected to send Leon Draisaitl back to the WHL. http://t.co/WzwPiaxzNf pic.twitter.com/kXKsPp3Of4— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 31, 2014
Leon will likely be free of this mess—for the time being—before the end of the week.