Kings-Oilers Game Preview: at least we don't have Ryan Smyth

Derek Leung

"My family is safe, and that's what's important." -Ryan Smyth, Manhattan Beach refugee

Los Angeles Kings v Edmonton Oilers (Staples Center)

Time: 1.00 PM

TV: NHL Network, Fox Sports West

Enemy reading: Copper and Blue

Oilers (projected) lineup:

Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle
Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky
Jones-Horcoff-Yakupov
Brown-Smyth-Petrell

Smid-Petry
N Schultz-J Schultz
Whitney-Potter

Dubnyk

Injured: Sutton (knee), Belanger (groin)

Kings (projected) lineup:

Brown-Kopitar-Williams
Clifford-Richards-Carter
King-Lewis-Stoll
Richardson-Fraser-Nolan

Muzzin-Doughty
Scuderi-Voynov
Regehr-Ellerby

Quick

Injured: Greene (back), Mitchell (knee), Penner (upper body)

Game notes:

  • After a nice five-game win streak, the Oilers got dumped 4-0 by the Canucks on Thursday. Good thing they acquired Jerred Smithson, who might be one of the worst players in the NHL. Also, "Jerred" is a stupid name.
  • With Dustin Penner's injury, Jordan Nolan is back in the lineup, and Brad Richardson and Dwight King spent last game flipping between the third and fourth lines. I don't know why Tyler Toffoli isn't playing? Free Tyler Toffoli??
  • Fun with numbers:
    Team
    GP
    Points
    ROW
    Goal
    Differential
    Home/Away
    Record
    PP%
    PK%
    Kings (5th, West)
    37
    45
    20
    +16
    13-4-1
    18.8 (12th)
    81.8 (13th)
    Oilers (9th, West)
    37
    39
    14
    -3
    8-9-3
    23.1 (3rd)
    84.3 (8th)
  • As you can see, the Oilers are pretty good on special teams. The Kings have been noticeably more disciplined about taking dumb penalties lately - staying that way this afternoon will be even more important than usual.
  • Robyn Regehr looked (to these non-scoring-chance-counting eyes) not bad in his Kings debut against the Wild. I still didn't love the amount of time he spent in a pairing with Drew Doughty, and I'm a bit concerned about the stability of the defensive pairings, but who knows what will happen tonight.
  • Jonathan Bernier was great against Minnesota. The ongoing mystery of whether good Jonathan Quick or terrible Jonathan Quick will show up for the game today continues.
  • Please, please, please don't get to a shootout.
  • Go Kings Go.
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