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Game Day Watch, 11/17: Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings

Andrej and Milan come to town.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings
I cropped a former King out of this photo. Sorry, Looch.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

HOW TO WATCH

Game Time: 7:30 PM Pacific
TV: Fox Sports West, SN360
Radio: KABC AM 790
Stream: Fox Sports Go (requires cable subscription)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

if you’re a Kings fan: Being home is nice. Avoiding a five-game losing streak (and a full-blown crisis of confidence) would be nicer. Darryl Sutter is sticking with That 70’s Line and the Brown-Dowd-Setoguchi combo; one of them needs to take over this game.

if you’re an Oilers fan: As it turns out, someone is leaving with a five-game losing streak. Edmonton’s offense has cooled off significantly, and so has Cam Talbot; the Kings often provide a tonic for struggling goalies, but not for struggling offenses.

if you’re a hockey fan: Milan Lucic is coming back to Los Angeles for the first time since leaving for a big contract in free agency. He became a fan favorite quickly enough that the reception shouldn’t be too harsh, but it’ll create an interesting dynamic.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

for the Kings: Nick Shore. Shore, once again, is playing with a new winger: Teddy Purcell, with whom he’s spent a total of three minutes at even strength. Shore has no goals and two assists in 16 games, and his ice time is hovering around 12 minutes a game. Having Purcell and Clifford on his wings might allow him to chip in.

for the Oilers: Andrej Sekera. The Oilers have developed a clear top four of Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Kris Russell (injured), and Sekera, and Sekera’s getting a lot of responsibility. Easy to forget the Kings had him, but he’s found a niche.

LEAGUEWIDE WATCH

  • Four to six months of missing Steven Stamkos. Ouch. [Raw Charge]
  • Wednesday Night Rivalry lived up to the hype... in one direction, at least. [Japers’ Rink]
  • The Flyers are scratching Shayne Gostisbehere today. It’s not going over well. [Broad Street Hockey]

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