The Edmonton Oilers host their penultimate game against a team that knows who their playoff opponent will be.
(28-43-9, 65 points) 7th Pacific Divison
TV: TSN; RADIO: 630 CHED
LA has won all three previous meetings of the season. Edmonton gained a single point in a shootout loss in the first meeting, and LA won the first matchup at Rexall about a month ago by a score of 4-2.
Edmonton fell 4-1 to Colorado on Tuesday night, while LA came back from a 3-0 deficit on Wednesday to force overtime only to lose 4-3 in a shootout.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marian Gaborik, LAK – The Kings’ big trade deadline acquisition has 12 points in 17 games since coming to LA. He has fit nicely with Anze Kopitar and given the Kings enough depth to play Dustin Brown on the 3rd line.
David Perron, EDM – Took the club lead in goals with his 28th, extending his career high in goals and points in the process. One of the off-season moves that actually worked out well for the Oilers.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. Jennings Watch – Jonathan Quick is dueling with the Boston Duo of Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson for the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed. The Kings have allowed 1 fewer goal in 1 more game, so they have the inside track. Quick is 11-1-4 in his career against Edmonton, but after playing in Calgary last night might be watching his Jennings chances in the hands of Martin Jones.
2. Playing Out The String – The Oilers and Kings both have little to play for (except the above), with both of their fates set. However, the Kings are ramping up for the playoffs while the Oilers are ramping up for some time off.
3. Penalty Free – The rough and tumble Kings played a penalty free game with the Flames last night, a rarity in this day in age. Not really a storyline for tonight, but at this point in the season pickings are slim!