The Morning Constitutional – April 6, 2013

Apr 4, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison (5) and Edmonton Oilers forward Paajarvi Magnus (91) fight for the puck during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Oilers’ playoff chances took a hit with the loss to Vancouver (now 27.7% according to sportsclubstats.com), but a win today versus Los Angeles would renew Oilers fans’ optimism.

Oilers-Kings Preview – The Oilers are set to take on the Kings this afternoon.

“Wild Optimism” – According to Scott Reynolds, the Oilers’ poor shot differential indicates that they are “still a very bad team.”

“Nation Profile: Ryan Smyth” – Lowetide profiles the career of the beloved Oiler veteran.

OKC Barons Boxscore – The Barons scored the winning goal with 15 seconds left in the game and are now sixth in the Western Conference.

“NHL Power Rankings: Oilers’ Big Jump” – The Oilers move up 12 positions in Sportsnet’s power rankings.

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