Los Angeles Kings (45-28-7, 97 pts) vs. Edmonton Oilers (28-43-9, 65 pts)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
6:30 PM PST – Fox Sports West
A night after losing in a shoot out to the Calgary Flames, the Los Angeles Kings are back in action tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers and Flames are two of the worst teams in the Western Conference and the Kings are at a point in the season where they need to get hot. The Kings made an impressive comeback in the last 35 minutes of game time last night in Calgary after going down 3-0 early. The Kings struck with 2 goals in the 2nd period and another in the 3rd to force an Overtime and then a shootout. Unfortunately for the Kings, the Flames won the shootout 2-1 and the game 4-3.
The Kings have looked a little slow recently, partially due to the fact that they are resting up their injured players like Drew Doughty and Robin Regehr. It would behoove the Kings to sit the injured now, especially since the first round of the playoffs are right around the corner and the first round matchup is official. Yes, the Kings clinched a first round series against the San Jose Sharks last night. It looks as if, barring some sort of miracle, the Kings will be the road team to start the series against the Sharks. This series will also represent the third time in four years that these two teams have matched up in the playoffs. In 2010 the Kings lost to the Sharks in 6 games; however, the Kings have taken the last two series, including last years memorable seven game series.
As far as tonight goes, the Kings, despite having played last night, should be able to take down the inferior Oilers with relative ease. However, the same could have been said last night against the Flames. With only two games left in the regular season (tonight’s game and the finale against the Anaheim Ducks) the Kings need to find their groove. The team has lost its last three contests and have only registered five goals along the way. The Kings have gone through losing streaks and scoring droughts before; however, its a bit more disconcerting when it’s happening right before the playoffs. The Kings have consistently turned on the jets come playoff time over the past two seasons, but the team should be eager to get into playoff form and that starts tonight against the Oilers.
Prediction: Kings 3 – Oilers 1