NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 14th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (27-23-4) at Los Angeles Kings (24-22-7), 4 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will try to get back on the winning track when they host the Edmonton Oilers in this afternoon's encounter at the Staples Center.
The Kings had won a season-high-tying four games in a row before getting shut out by visiting Calgary this past Thursday. It was also just the second setback in the last nine games for Los Angeles, which is still outside the playoff picture as is tied for 11th in the Western Conference standings.
LA dropped a 2-0 decision to the Flames on Thursday, as Miikka Kiprusoff turned away 36 shots to notch the 30th shutout of his career.
Jonathan Quick stopped 18-of-19 shots for the Kings, who were shut out for the eighth time this season and for the first time since losing 4-0 to Detroit on January 15.
The Kings are playing the middle portion of a three-game homestand today and are scheduled to close the residency Monday night against Atlanta. LA is 13-12-6 as the host this year and has lost four of its last five home tilts.
Edmonton has lost four of its last six games, but did end a two-game slide with a blowout victory against visiting Montreal on Wednesday. Ales Hemsky was one of seven different goal-scorers, as the Oilers slammed the struggling Canadiens, 7-2, at Rexall Place.
Sam Gagner, Zack Stortini, Andrew Cogliano, Kyle Brodziak, Dustin Penner and Liam Reddox also found the back of the net for the Oilers.
Tom Gilbert recorded three assists and Shawn Horcoff added two helpers, while Dwayne Roloson turned aside 36 shots to pick up win No. 18 on the year.
The Oilers would not be in the postseason if the season ended today, but the club is just one point behind Minnesota and Columbus for the eighth and final playoff seed in the West.
Today's contest marks the first of four straight on the road for the Oilers, who are 14-12-1 as the guest this year. All four games on the swing will take place against Pacific Division teams as Edmonton will also visit Phoenix, San Jose and Dallas.
The Kings and Oilers have split a pair of meetings so far this year with each club earning a victory on the opposition's ice. Edmonton has taken three of five in the series overall and has also won two straight and four of its last six games in LA.
02/14 10:44:53 ET