Preview: Edmonton at Los Angeles
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, April 2, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Tickets: You can still purchase Oilers Vs Kings Tickets ranging from $34.00 to $110.00.
THE STORY: After finishing a four-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings can control their own destiny. By winning its final three games, Los Angeles will win the Pacific Division and earn the third seed in the Western Conference. The Kings will look to set the plan in motion on Monday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, RS West (Oilers), FS Prime Ticket (Kings)
ABOUT THE OILERS (32-38-9): Edmonton continues to collect points away from home. Teemu Hartikainen scored his first two goals of the season as the Oilers improved to 5-0-2 in their last seven road matches with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim on Sunday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins notched an assist for his 51st point, tying him with Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog for the rookie scoring lead. The top overall pick of the 2011 draft, Nugent-Hopkins also had an assist in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Los Angeles. Devan Dubnyk, who has won four of his last five starts, turned aside 20 shots in a 2-1 win over the Kings on Jan. 15.
ABOUT THE KINGS (39-27-13): Brad Richardson is filling in admirably for Jeff Carter, who is nursing an ankle injury. Richardson tallied twice and captain Dustin Brown also scored in Los Angeles’ 4-3 shootout loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Anze Kopitar, who has collected 21 points in his last 17 games, recorded a goal and an assist on Friday. All-Star Jonathan Quick sat out versus Minnesota, but turned aside 13 of 14 shots Friday to improve to 6-1-3 in his career versus Edmonton.
1. Although its record leaves a bit to be desired, Edmonton has given Los Angeles a tough go of it this season. The Oilers have won two of the three meetings.
2. The Kings won’t have to leave the Golden State in their final three games. After hosting Edmonton, Los Angeles will tangle with San Jose in a home-and-home series.
PREDICTION: Kings 2, Oilers 1 (OT)
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