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Oilers closing in on 100 points with a visit to LA

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports


Edmonton

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Los Angeles
44-25-9, 97 points, 1.244 p/g Ranks 37-34-7, 81 points, 1.038 p/g
Pacific DIvision - 2nd Pacific Division - 5th
9th Points per Game 21st
12th Special Teams 10th
8th Shots on Goal 5th
7th Goals Against per Game 3rd
8:30 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet West
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 CaggiulaMark Letestu - Anton Slepyshev

DEFENCE

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

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Closing In On 100

Edmonton's 3-2 overtime victory over the Ducks put them in first place in the Pacific Division, albeit for a brief moment.  Connor McDavid connected with Leon Draisaitl for an overtime winner that sent Edmonton into the stratosphere, though the Ducks would end up back on top of the Pacific after defeating Calgary the next night.

There are four games remaining for the Oilers this season.  The Oilers control their own destiny as far as what position they finish in.  Can they run the table en route to a Pacific Division crown?

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Milan Lucic after Edmonton's 3-2 overtime victory over the Ducks

It's a lot better than anyone expected.  I had them in the low 80s.  They very well could be 20 points better than that.

The opponents are saying

That's Kings head coach Darryl Sutter after his team's 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.  The loss officially put the Kings outside of the playoff chase.

It's obvious that the season hasn't gone the way that the Kings would have liked, but to be eliminated from the postseason by Arizona?  Back slowly away.

Have some of this

  • Jeff Carter leads the Kings in points with 62 (32-30-62) in 78 games.
  • Connor McDavid's three point outburst against the Ducks gives him 94 on the year (29-65-94).  While the Oilers are knocking on 100 points, so is McDavid.  He's got four more games to get six points.  Incredible.
  • Cam Talbot will look to break Grant Fuhr's single season win total tonight.  A victory over the Kings would give him 41 on the year, and that's not half bad.  (40-21-8, .921 SV% / 2.36 GAA / 7 SO).  Look for Jonathan Quick (6-5-1, .927 SV% / 2.00 GAA / 2 SO) to likely start for LA.
  • The Oilers will be without Tyler Pitlick (knee).  The Kings will be without defenceman Matt Greene.
  • Oilers are firing on all cylinders right now, going 9-1 in their last ten.  A win tonight will do wonders for their Pacific Division title chances, as the Ducks will have to roll through the Flames, Blackhawks and Kings before the regular season concludes.
  • #GOILERS