Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 38 vs. Edmonton, April 6, 2013, 1pm PST (4pm EST)
While they haven’t had much luck in matinees, the Los Angeles Kings do hope to make the most of their outing tomorrow as they host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon hoping to win the season series against their rivals from Northern Alberta.
Saturday will mark the third and final time the Kings and Oilers square off this season and while Edmonton lost their last game, they have been a much better team as of late having gone 6-3-1 in their last 10. Heading into Saturday’s action, the 16-14-7 Oilers sit three points behind the St. Louis Blues for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West and hope to make the most of their stop in Los Angeles. As for the 21-13-3 Kings, they’re simply looking to continue their push for the playoffs. Barring a monumental collapse by the Anaheim Ducks, the best Los Angeles will finish is fourth in the West (where they sit as of Saturday morning) but like they proved last year, seeding doesn’t matter just as long as you get in and as far as the reigning champs are concerned, the latter is all that matters.
It is likely Devan Dubnyk will get the start for Edmonton on Saturday as Nikolai Khabibulin had just played on Thursday night. While he has won his last four starts, Dubnyk has lost his last three at Staples Center with his most recent loss coming last April.
As for the Kings’ goaltending situation, there will be a change in net. Despite picking up his first shutout of the season against Minnesota on the Thursday, Los Angeles will most likely elect to start Jonathan Quick against Edmonton and save Jonathan Bernier for Sunday evening when the Kings travel cross-town to take on the Ducks. Quick has played in both games against the Oilers this season playing great in both while helping the Kings to an 11-1-6 mark in their last 18 meetings with the orange-and-blue.
While Justin Williams and Jeff Carter both hope to extend their respective hot streaks, defenseman Robyn Regehr hopes to be just as solid on Saturday as he was in his first game with the Kings on Thursday. Sam Gagner, who scored in both of Edmonton’s meeting with Los Angeles thus far, will hope to continue his success in the finale.
Will the Oilers be able to take advantage of the Kings’ matinee woes or will the silver-and-black look to provide a setback in Edmonton’s playoff hopes? We’ll see what happens on Saturday afternoon.
Enjoy the game!