Mar 31, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Kings defeated the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings - Game Preview and Lines

Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings

06 APR 2013 – 2:00 PM MDT

Television – Sportsnet West

Lines

F

Taylor Hall / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Jordan Eberle

 Magnus Paajarvi / Sam GagnerNail Yakupov

Ryan Smyth / Shawn Horcoff /  Ales Hemsky

Mike Brown / Jerred Smithson / Lennart Petrell

D

Ladislav Smid / Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz / Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney / Corey Potter

G

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

Rink Royalty is the Fansided Home of the LA Kings

  • Oilers are looking to bounce back from a lacklustre performance that saw them score a mighty zero goals  in Vancouver.  The Kings are coming off a 3-0 victory over Minnesota, and will look to pad their position in the Western Conference playoff race.  Both Edmonton and Los Angeles are 6-3-1 in their last ten.  
  • LINE CHANGE - This is the first game in Edmonton for Jerred Smithson, who was acquired at the deadline.  Ryan Jones isn’t taking warmup, which would lead me to believe Petrell is in for Jones.  Yakupov and Hemsky switch ‘em up as well.  
  • Anze Kopitar currently leads the Kings in scoring with 33 points (10-23-33) in 36 games.  
  • Devan Dubnyk will be getting the start for Edmonton (12-10-6, 2.50 / .922), while Jonathan Quick (12-11-3, 2.54, /.896)  is expected to start for the Kings.  That’s a pretty strong SV% for Devan Dubnyk
  • HOW IMPORTANT ARE THESE TWO POINTS?

Pretty important.

Including today, the Oilers have 11 games remaining (7 home, 4 away).  Both St. Louis and Detroit did Edmonton no favours by winning last night, and Edmonton would do reeeeal good by locking up two points in LA this afternoon.

Chicago is currently playing Nashville.

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