Is The Los Angeles Kings Remaining Schedule Playoff Friendly?

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Dec 30, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik (12) makes a pass top Los Angeles Kings defensemen Jake Muzzin (6) in front of Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens (30) during the third period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers – April 2nd:

This is tonight’s game.

The Oilers are the third worst team in the NHL.  They are looking toward the draft and a year of rebuilding . . . again.

Not only have the Oilers struggled but the game is at Staples Center where the Kings have a 22-9-7 record.  If you’re out to prove you belong in the playoffs this game should be a victory.

Also in 3 games with Edmonton this season L.A. is 2-0-1.  The Kings won their first home game 6-1 on October 14th.  Hopefully we see a repeat of that performance tonight.

We can’t deny Edmonton has been playing well recently.  In their last five games the Oilers are 3-2-0, outscoring opponents 14-13 over the stretch.  The Oilers beat Colorado twice, Dallas once and lost to Winnipeg and Anaheim.  They’ve knocked two teams on the fringe out of the playoffs, and lost to two teams that look like they will be in.

It’s about proving your identity for the Kings tonight.  If you’re a playoff team, you go out and get the win.

It’s not about being cocky, it’s about being confident.