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Game Thread: Oilers vs Kings - Looking To Get Back In The Win Column

After falling to the Capitals on Friday night, the Oilers look to get back in the win column against the Kings.

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After starting the season with three straight losses the Kings have now won four in a row. They put that winning streak on the line tonight at Rexall Place against the Oilers who are looking to start a new winning streak after having their own three game winning streak snapped on Friday night by the Capitals. The Kings are a team that the Oilers have struggled against in recent seasons (the list of teams they haven't struggled against is very short), but they have to put that behind them if they're going to avoid starting another losing streak.

How To Watch

Puck drop: 7:30PM MST
TV: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 360
Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan wasn't happy with the team's performance on Friday night. So much so that held one-on-one meetings with a few players yesterday. How will the Oilers respond tonight? Accountability, something that was talked about but rarely seen under previous management, seems to be a real thing in Edmonton these days. If the team doesn't look a lot better tonight, especially in their own end of the rink, it'll be interesting to see how McLellan handles things, and who he staples to the bench.

The Opposing View

From Battle of California:

Dustin Brown is a guy you like on your team and hate if he's not. He's not actually a bad guy, a rarity in today's world of athletes, and he seems to be rather down to earth. However, Brown's style of play is rough, and he throws a lot of hits. A few of which have been borderline. Because of this he has been targeted a lot by opposing players.

Most recently, Logan Couture attempted to bite his head off. Michal Rozsival had a late, leg to leg hit. Jason Pominville drove his face into poor Dustin's elbow. But the most dangerous play of Brown's career came when noted thug and disciple of Raffi Torres, Tomas Hertl, had a vicious attempt at Brown's knee. Dustin survived and in the process, turned things around on the disgraceful Hertl by having his knee completely collapse like it was the Sharks in late Spring. Hertl missed the next few months, and the National Hockey League breathed a little easier.

Projected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Rob Klinkhammer
Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Nail Yakupov
Lauri Korpikoski Anton Lander Teddy Purcell
Luke Gazdic Mark Letestu Iiro Pakarinen
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Brandon Davidson Eric Gryba
Cam Talbot
Anders Nilsson