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Friday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (22-13-1) at Edmonton Oilers (20-11-4), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams with four-game winning streaks meet this evening in Edmonton, as the Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings at Rexall Place.

The Oilers were in action Wednesday night and outlasted the Vancouver Canucks, 7-6. Ryan Smyth and Marty Reasoner scored third-period goals to lift Edmonton at General Motors Place.

Smyth added an assist and Ales Hemsky had a goal and a helper for the Oilers, who earlier this season had a five-game winning streak from October 28- November 4.

Ty Conklin made 13 saves and got the win after Jussi Markkanen was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on nine shots.

Ethan Moreau also added an assist to extend his point scoring streak to eight games. He has three goals and eight assists during the run.

Tonight's test kicks off a four-game homestand for the Oilers, who are 8-4-2 at home this year.

The Kings picked off their fourth in a row Wednesday in Calgary, downing the Flames, 5-2, at the Saddledome. Michael Cammalleri scored a pair of goals to lead LA.

Tom Kostopoulos added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which overcame a two-goal deficit to earn the comeback victory.

Jeff Giuliano netted his first career goal and Pavol Demitra also scored in the win, while goaltender Mathieu Garon made 27 saves.

Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky extended his point streak to six games with an assist. He has seven assists during the tear.

LA wraps up a three-game road trip tonight. The Kings are 10-7-1 as the visiting team this season.

The Kings beat Edmonton, 3-1, at LA on October 11 in the only meeting of the season. LA has won three of the last five matchups, but has dropped two of its last three in Alberta.

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