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Game Thread: Kings @ Oilers - Tough Sledding

The Oilers begin a tough final three game stretch at home against the last-chance LA Kings.

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It's tough sledding for the Copper and Blue from here on out as they get set to close out the season against the Kings, Sharks, and finally the Canucks. Two of those teams—the Kings and the Canucks—are in the thick of the wildcard battle in the west, while the Sharks have played their way out of it, but always pose a threat.

If you're into the draft lottery game, keep an eye on tonight's tilt between the Flames and the Coyotes. Calgary, like the Kings, desperately need a win tonight, while us Oilers fans need the Yotes to buck up and grab two Ws in their final three if we have any hope of dropping to second in lottery odds.

How to Tune in

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

What to Watch for from the Oilers

The Oilers are trying to get a good look at their farm stock during these final meaningless games, and so they've assigned Andrew Miller, who impressed during his time with the big club with six points in nine games, to OKC. Tyler Pitlick is coming off injured reserve and will lineup with Matt Fraser and Anton Lander on the third unit. Pitlick managed just one assist in 14 NHL games this season.

What to Watch for from the Kings

From our friends at Jewels from the Crown, apparently none of this matters. Could have fooled me.

It seems futile to try and break this game down too much further. The Oilers are terrible. They have as many wins as Buffalo and fewer than Arizona. They have nothing to play for other than avoiding a last-place finish in the West, which -- let's be honest -- they probably wouldn't mind doing if it helped them draft Jack Eichel. It's a no-excuses game in every sense.

Final Thought