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Oilers close out eight game homestand with big game against Kings

Slow. Slow.  Quick, quick, slow.
Slow. Slow. Quick, quick, slow.
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles

@

Edmonton
34-30-7, 75 points, 1.056 p/g Ranks 38-24-9, 85 points, 1.198 p/g
Pacific Division - 5th Pacific Division - 4th
19th Points per Game 11th
9th Special Teams 13th
7th Shots on Goal 9th
6th Goals Against per Game 9th
7 PM MDT
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Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

The opposing view


PROJECTED
FORWARDS

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Zack Kassian
Drake Caggiula - Mark Letestu - Anton Slepyshev

DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Not Quite Seven, But Enough

Cam Talbot's 33 saves propelled the Oilers to a 2-0 victory over the Canucks.  The shutout was Talbot's sixth of the season, and it briefly put the Oilers back into third place in the Pacific Division.

Back in the Wild Card, they'll take on a Kings club that was soundly defeated at the hands of the Flames last night.  A win tonight will put twelve points between Edmonton and Los Angeles, and it will relegate the Flames back to fourth place in the Pacific.

Can the Oilers take advantage of a tired Kings club?

Let's go to the tape

The Oilers are saying

That's forward Benoit Pouliot, who has two goals in his last three games.

Seven goals per game was just a flash in the pan, but you'll take a two goal shutout too.  Oilers have outscored their opponents 16-5 over the past three games.  More, please.

The opponents are saying\

That's Kings coach Darryl Sutter after his club's 5-2 loss to the Flames last night.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL

The Kings are six points away from the final Wild Card spot currently held by Nashville.  More importantly for the Oilers, a win for the good guys will put twelve points in between themselves and the Kings.

Have some of this

  • Jeff Carter leads the Kings with 60 points (31-29-60).  This is a really nice assist on a goal scored by Tyler Tofolli
  • JAROME IGINLA POST TRADE BOXCARS:  3-1-4 in 8 GP.  Much easier to root for since he's nto on the Flames, it'd be a downright shame if this was his last season.
  • The Kings haven't allowed a power play goal away from home since January 21st.  The Oilers have had five in their last three games.
  • If Cam Talbot (36-20-8, .921 SV% / 2.39 GAA / 6 SO) didn't start tonight, I'd send out a search party.  Jonathan Quick (5-1-1, .921 SV% / 2.23 GAA / 1 SO) was pulled very early last night, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him get the green light tonight.
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee) will be out for the Oilers. The Kings are without forwards Nick Shore (upper body), Jordan Nolan (lower body) and defenceman Matt Greene (back)
  • BIG GAME: A win tonight will cap the Oilers' homestand at a successful 5-2-1.  It'll also put them back in third place, and it will put twelve points between themselves and the Kings for the final leg of the season.
    • #GOILERS