NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, October 11th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (3-0-0) at Los Angeles Kings (2-1-0), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers shoot for their fourth straight win to
start the season this evening when they conclude a brief two-game road trip
against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.
On Monday, Raffi Torres scored two goals to rally the Oilers to a 4-2 victory
over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at Arrowhead Pond.
Radek Dvorak added a goal and Chris Pronger chipped in two assists for
Edmonton, which is one oour unbeaten teams in the league, joining Montreal
(3-0), Ottawa (3-0) and Nashville (2-0).
Jussi Markkanen made 31 saves in the win, but is expected to give way to Ty
Conklin this evening. Conklin, who allowed three goals on 17 shots in the
Oilers' 4-3 win over Colorado on Wednesday, is 2-0 in against the Kings.
With Ryan Smyth already sidelined with a knee injury, the Oilers were without
defenseman Igor Ulanov on Monday, as the big defenseman sat out with damaged
rib cartilage. He is questionable for tonight's affair.
The Oilers will host the Dallas Stars on Friday.
Los Angeles comes into tonight's matchup riding a two-game winning streak
after Pavol Demitra's overtime goal lifted the Kings past the Minnesota Wild,
2-1, at home on Sunday. Eric Belanger also scored for LA and Mathieu Garon
made 24 saves for the Kings, who are 2-1-0 after three games.
In overtime, Demitra took a drop pass from Craig Conroy and skated into the
right circle. He then wristed a shot that beat Manny Fernandez with 1:29 left
in the extra frame. Tim Gleason was also credited with an assist on the game-
Demitra, who led the league with 10 game-winning goals in 2001-02, already
has two this season and is tied for the NHL lead in that category with
Montreal's Michael Ryder. He tallied five game-winners in 2003-04 while with
the St. Louis Blues.
The Kings are in the midst of a five-game homestand that will also include
visits from Detroit and Columbus.
These two teams split four matchups in the 2003-04 campaign, but the Oilers
could hold an advantage tonight, as the road team in this series is 8-4-1 in
the last 13 meetings.
Edmonton, which is 8-4-2 in its last 14 in LA, has also won two straight and
five of the last seven matchups.
10/11 10:30:10 ET