The Los Angeles Kings are in a rut. They will finish a four-game road trip tonight against the Edmonton Oilers and could possibly extend a losing streak to four games. The Kings had a chance to snap their losing streak last night in Calgary. However, despite a three goal rally that forced extra time the Kings came up just short and lost 4-3 in a shootout.
The Kings have had the playoffs locked up for some time now and these games are just for novelty at this point. However, if the Kings want to have any momentum going into the playoffs they only have two games remaining during the regular season to gain any steam.
Tonight will be the end of the Kings’ final back-to-back situation of the regular season and the Kings have not fared to well in the back-end of theses games this season. The Kings have put together a mediocre 7-5-2 record in those games.
Tonight might be a different story for the Kings. The Kings have gone 3-0-0 against the Oilers this season and have outscored Edmonton by a score of 9-3 in those games.
Marian Gaborik has been a bright spot for the Kings even through this little rough patch. He has at least one point in seven of his last eight games. Jonathan Quick got the start last night so don’t be surprised if Martin Jones is in net for the Kings tonight.
The Kings could be without out Drew Doughty and Robyn Regehr who are still listed as day-to-day and have both missed the last two games.
Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. local time.