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Game Thread: Kings @ Oilers - After The Storm

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The Oilers will undergo their first test of the post-Petry age tonight against the Kings in Edmonton.

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I don't need to tell you about the Jeff Petry trade—the one that saw the Oilers' top blueliner traded to the powerhouse Habs for a proverbial bag of pucks. Instead, we should focus on the remaining 19 games of the 2014-2015 season, the first of which will see Edmonton take on an LA Kings team playing for their playoff lives.

How to Tune In

The game gets going at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet West.

What to Watch for From the Oilers

Optimists will look at these remaining games as a chance for the Oil to throw a wrench into the playoff dreams of teams like the Kings. For many of you, I'm sure, this is pretty sad motivation to see this one through to the end. And yet, we will, won't we?

Mark Fayne moves into the 1RD role on the team and will have to play his lungs out for the rest of the season if the Oilers are going to thwart opposition attacks with anything approaching regularity from here on out.

What to Watch for From the Kings

Our friends at Jewels From The Crown recently wrote about the Kings seemingly improved penalty kill in recent weeks:

The PK has allowed just 2 goals against since February 1st, and they also boast the 3rd-best goals against per 60 rate in the league during that stretch. Unfortunately, nothing sustainable really changed in the underlying numbers.

Mirage or not, the Kings should have no problem holding off Edmonton's power play, which sits third-worst in the league.

Final Thought