After a tidy win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, the Kings continue their Western Canadian tour with a match against the bottom team in the Western Conference.
Rexall Place, Edmonton
5:00 PM PT
This is the 3rd meeting of the 4 game season series season between the Oilers and Kings. LA has won both, the first 2-1 in a shootout and the second 3-0, with both coming on home ice.
Both of these teams are in the midst of winning streaks. LA has won 6 in a row since the Olympic break, their last win coming in Winnipeg on Thursday 3-1 to open their current road trip. Edmonton’s winning streak is a bit more modest, but wins over Ottawa and the New York Islanders (in overtime) by identical 3-2 scores have them feeling pretty good.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mike Richards, LAK – Richards hasn’t had the greatest season statistically, but he seems to be coming around. After going pointless in 7 games, he now has 4 points in his last 6 contests. He has just 5 points (3G, 2A) in 14 career games against the Oilers.
Ben Scrivens, EDM – Scrivens will be facing the team that traded him to Edmonton, as he started this season with the Kings after coming over in an off-season trade from Toronto. He has continued to put up stellar statistics with Edmonton, putting up a 5-4-1 record with a 2.11 GAA and .941 SP despite the fact his shots against went from 28.5/game with the Kings to 35.8 with the less defensively sound Oilers. Scrivens recently signed a 2 year, $4.6M contract extension, so the trade worked out of for him.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. Jones-ing For A Start? – As of this time a starting goalie has not been confirmed for the Kings, but it might be a chance to get Martin Jones some action. He shut out the Oilers in their last meeting, and has only played 1 game since the beginning of February.
2. Finding His Role – This will be the second game in a Kings’ uniform for Marian Gaborik. He was a -1 with 3 shots on goal in 16:38 of ice time in his debut. He will work at finding his spot on the team in the next few games so that he is entrenched come playoff time.
3. Leaders Lead – The most encouraging part of the current winning streak is that the Kings’ two biggest leaders – Richards and captain Dustin Brown, seem to be rounding into form offensively. They have combined for 4 goals and 4 assists in the last 5 games, and that bodes well for the Kings going forward.