Eighth place was fun while it lasted.
The Kings made quick work of Oilers yesterday afternoon (including a second period that saw the Kings outshoot the Oilers 17-5) en route to a 4-1 victory at the Staples Center in LA.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER - LA’s power play. The Kings scored two power play goals, one by Jeff Carter and one by Slava Voynov. By the time LA scored their third goal, Edmonton had just one. The Kings scored an empty net goal late in the third to cinch it up nice and neat.
- After a first period that saw the Oilers outshoot the Kings 9-7, the Kings roared back to outshoot the Oilers 17-5 in the second. Total shots ended at 39-24 LA, which is way too many shots to be allowing, and not enough taken. You remember the Keys to the Game? Of course you do.
- Kings were 2/5 on the power play, a success rate of about 40%. Oilers were 1/4, which isn’t all that bad, and the goal was scored by Magnus Paajarvi.
- Right place, right time? Maybe. Magnus Paajarvi went to the net. Magnus Paajarvi was rewarded with a goal.
- Jonathan Quick’s season has had its ups and downs, but Quick was nearly perfect on Saturday. Quick allowed the Paajarvi goal, and that would be all he’d yield. With just 24 shots against, he wasn’t terribly overworked.
- Remember this game? We’ve seen this game over a dozen times this year. Oilers outshot, puck in their zone a lot of the night, outworked in the second half of the game, and unable to come back from an earlier deficit. Still don’t know why this team didn’t try and buy a little more at the trade deadline if they thought they had a shot at the postseason. Still don’t know why they didn’t sell off their other pieces. Letting something go for nothing is bad business.
- WHAT ABOUT THE NUMBERS NOW?
Go to your happy place.
Had the Oilers won their last two games, they’d be in eighth, but not by much. There are ten games remaining, and the Oilers have a possibility of 59 points. They’ll need around 53-54 to get in, so 7-3 (or 14 points) is where we’re at right now. Columbus and Nashville are breathing down Edmonton’s back, so the margin for error is excruciatingly small.
Oilers are in Anaheim on Monday, where they’ll need to make magic happen.
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