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Preview: Game Day #77, Oilers @ Kings

The top six, top pair, and goalie are the same. That's pretty much it.

The Bittersweet Return of Brayden McNabb
The Bittersweet Return of Brayden McNabb
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Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings (Staples Center)

Time: 7:30 PM PST

TV: Fox Sports West, SportsNet West

Enemy Reading: Copper & Blue

Lineups:

Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik–Kopitar–Williams
King–Carter–Toffoli
Brown–Stoll–Lewis
Clifford–Shore–Nolan

Muzzin–Doughty
Regehr–Martinez
McNabb–Greene

Quick
(Jones)

Scratched: Richards, McBain, Andreoff; Injured: Pearson, Sekera; Suspended: Voynov

Edmonton Oilers

Pouliot–Nugent-Hopkins–Eberle
Purcell–Roy–Yakupov
Hall–Lander–Miller
Gazdic–Hendricks–Klinkhammer

Klefbom–Schultz
Marincin–Nikitin
Davidson–Aulie

Scrivens
(Bunz)

Scratched: Fraser; Injured: Fasth, Ference, Fayne, Pakarinen, Gordon


Obligatory Standings Update (as of April 2, 2015)


Pacific Division Standings
Rank Team DIV GP W L OT P ROW
1 Anaheim P 79 50
22 7 107
42
2 Vancouver P 77 45
27 5
95 40
3 Calgary P 77 42
28 7 91
38
4 Los Angeles P 76
37 25 14 88
35
5 San Jose P 77 38 30
9
85 34

Wild Card Standings
Rank Team DIV GP W L OT P ROW
1 Minnesota C 76 44 25 7 95 40
2 Winnipeg C 77
39 26 12 90
32
3 Los Angeles P 76
37 25 14 88
35
4 San Jose P 77 38 30
9
85 34
5 Dallas C 77 37 30
10 84 33
6 Colorado C 77 35 30
12 82
26

(top three seeds in Pacific Division, top two seeds in Wild Card qualify for playoffs)

Game Notes:

  • Mike Richards is scratched.
  • Andrej Sekera is injured.
  • Jarret Stoll is healthy.
  • Brayden McNabb is... now in!
  • Nick Shore is... still in!
  • The Avs are done.
  • The Stars are basically done.
  • The Sharks might be done.
  • Edmonton's got a new backup goalie, as of yesterday's call-up.
  • His name is Tyler Bunz.
  • Jordan Eberle leads Edmonton with 61 points.
  • Anze Kopitar leads LA with 60 points.
  • Dustin Byfuglien got suspended for four of Winnipeg's last five games.
  • LA is back in a playoff spot, ahead of Winnipeg, with a win.
  • The Kings have to win. HAVE TO.
  • PREDICTION: The Kings win.