Dustin Penner Returns In Rod's Final Ride

It’s only fitting that Rod Phillips’ final game will feature the Oilers taking on the Los Angeles Kings; a team that was dealt the NHL’s greatest player twenty three years ago.

Coincidentally, the Kings got a pretty good player from Edmonton not quite a month ago in Dustin Penner.

Either way, tonight is Rod Phillips’ final call at the mic.  Don’t lay an egg.

Rod Phillips' Final Ride

Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 76

29 MAR 2011 – 7:30 MST / 9:30 EST

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And here we go…

  • The Kings are a perfect 3-0 against the Oilers this season, with two GWG coming by way of former Oiler Jarret Stoll. (Not to be confused with other former Oiler Ryan Smyth).  Mind you, LA’s Dustin Penner was an Oiler for those games.  Penner, Smyth, Stoll. Matt Greene and the Kings that used to be Oilers (along with those who never were Oilers) will be looking to make it a clean sweep on the year after tonight’s game.
  • Likely out for Edmonton today (on top of those you already know) is Magnus Paajarvi, who left the memorable Flames game on Saturday with a head injury.
  • Turns out Edmonton isn’t the only team with costly injuries.  Forward Anze Kopitar is out for the season including any applicable playoff games for Los Angeles after suffering torn right ankle ligaments, an injury he sustained in this past Saturday’s game against the Avalanche.  Kopitar led the Kings with 73 points (25G-48A) in 75 games this season.   Justin Williams is LA’s second point leader, but he’s predicted to be out for the season also.  You have to scroll down to Dustin Brown with 52 points (25G-27A) to find LA’s current active point leader.
  • NET WORTH:  Nikolai Khabibulin is to start for the Oilers tonight, while I wouldn’t be too awful surprised to see Jonathan Quick between the pipes for Los Angeles.

Not lost on this game is that it is Rod Phillips’  final game as the velvet voice of the Edmonton Oilers.  Jack Michaels has taken over for Rod nearly full-time this season, although Phillips had called nine games so far this season.  Tonight will be his tenth and final game of not only this season, but a man’s career filled with more memorable calls than one man should ever know to remember.

Check out Robin Brownlee’s farewell to Rod Phillips over at Oilers Nation.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS!

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