NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 10th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (45-28-7) at Edmonton Oilers (28-43-9), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings will try to salvage the finale of
a four-game road trip on Thursday night as they visit the Edmonton Oilers.
The Kings are 0-2-1 on their final trip of the regular season. They end the
campaign at home on Saturday versus the Pacific Division-champion Anaheim
Ducks before kicking off a first-round playoff matchup with the second-place
San Jose Sharks.
Following consecutive 2-1 regulation losses to San Jose and Vancouver, Los
Angeles rallied from a three-goal deficit in an eventual 4-3 shootout setback
to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
Anze Kopitar scored the 199th goal of his career, while Jarret Stoll and
Dwight King also lit the lamp. Marian Gaborik recorded the 700th point of his
career with an assist, while Jonathan Quick made 15 saves.
"We hung in there, got some goals and got a point," LA head coach Darryl
The Kings have lost four of their last five overall and are likely to start
backup Martin Jones tonight. The rookie Jones has faced the Oilers once before
this season, a 24-save shutout in a 3-0 decision at home on Dec. 17.
The Kings have won five in a row and 11 of their last 14 meetings with the
Oilers, including the first three matchups of this season. Los Angeles also
has claimed two straight and nine of its previous 11 trips to Edmonton.
The Oilers had a two-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday's 4-1 setback to
the Colorado Avalanche. David Perron had a goal and Ben Scrivens yielded four
tallies on 33 shots.
"We couldn't get into the rhythm of the game," said Edmonton head coach Dallas
Eakins. "The biggest thing for me was it was almost like we couldn't work
because we couldn't make two passes in a row. Our execution was just terrible
tonight for whatever reason and it happens."
Scrivens fell to 8-11-0 with a 3.06 goals against average and one shutout with
the Oilers since being acquired from the Kings on Jan. 15 in exchange for a
2014 third-round pick. That includes a loss to his former club on March 9,
when Scrivens yielded four goals on 50 shots.
Edmonton will start Viktor Fasth tonight and he has gone 3-2-1 with a 2.68 GAA
in six starts since being acquired from Anaheim. Fasth is 1-2-0 lifetime
versus the Kings with a 2.95 GAA.
The Oilers wrap a season-ending four-game homestand on Saturday versus
Vancouver and sit last in the Western Conference with 65 points.
04/10 10:56:48 ET