Dec 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (73), defenseman Willie Mitchell (33), defenseman Drew Doughty (8) and left wing Kyle Clifford (13) after a goal in the first period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Game 35 Preview: Kings vs. Oilers

 

Team Records

Kings (22-8-4)

Oilers (11-21-3)

Quick Stats

– Mike Richards has an seven assists in his last seven games, but is goalless in his last 17 games.

– The Kings are 16-2-2 when scoring first this season.

– The Oilers are 6-11-2 on the road this season, while the Kings are 10-4-2 at Staples Center

Preview:

The Los Angeles Kings are back in town tonight to take on their Pacific Division rival the Edmonton Oilers. It will be the Kings first home game in ten days and they will have a chance to create a little more space between themselves and the Oilers who sit in the Pacific Division’s basement in last place.

The Kings return to Los Angeles coming off of a road trip through Eastern Canada and Chicago where they went 3-1-0 defeating the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks on the last day of their trip. Grabbing six of a possible eight points kept the Kings in second place in the ultra competitive Pacific Division.

The Oilers are at the end of a tour of the West Coast where they will have play three games against Pacific Division opponents. Edmonton has gone 0-2-0 so far losing to the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, they have been outscored 7-2 during the road trip so far.

Going into tonight’s game the Kings will try to get back to how they were performing in their first three games of their road trip, a span of games where they outscored opponents 14-3. The Kings will need to rebound from their 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks two days ago, a game where they gave up three first period goals. That was the first time in 19 games that the Kings had surrendered a goal in the opening period of a game.

It has not been announced who will be getting the start in net for the Kings tonight, whether it be Ben Scrivens who seemed a bit shaky in the early parts of the Kings loss to Chicago or Martin Jones who had gone 5-0-0 in the five games prior to the Kings’ game in Chicago.

The Oilers will move onto Colorado to finish out their road trip against the Avalanche after this game. While the Kings will wait for the second game of their current four game home stand against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

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