NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 8th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (19-18-4) at Los Angeles Kings (16-22-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will try for their first three-game
winning streak of the season tonight, when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to
The Kings have earned victories over Columbus and Detroit to win consecutive
contests for the fourth time this season. LA hasn't won three in a row since a
five-game win stretch from February 11-March 7 of last season.
Los Angeles earned its most recent triumph Saturday evening against the
visiting Red Wings. Michael Cammalleri scored the game-winning goal late in
the third off the stick of Detroit defenseman Danny Markov as the Kings reeled
off four unanswered goals to beat Detroit, 4-2.
Lubomir Visnovsky, Rob Blake and Sean Avery also scored for the Kings, who
have won four of their last six, but are still last in the Pacific Division
with 37 points.
Tonight marks the third portion of a four-game homestand for the Kings, who
are 11-9-5 as the host this year.
Meanwhile, Edmonton has dropped two straight contests and is coming off
Friday's loss in Vancouver. Matt Cooke scored two goals, including the game-
winner 1:24 into overtime to lift the Canucks to the 3-2 win.
Petr Sykora managed to tie the game with 2:56 left in the third, but the
Oilers got caught too deep in the Canucks' zone in the extra session and
Vancouver made them pay. Kevin Bieksa and Cooke broke out for a two-on-none
break before Edmonton defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron managed to catch up to
the two skaters. Bieksa, though, crossed up Bergeron before finding Cooke for
Fernando Pisani scored the other goal for the Oilers, who have dropped six of
their last seven games. Dwayne Roloson ended with 21 saves.
Edmonton is last in the Northwest Division with 42 points, but is just seven
points behind first-place Vancouver.
The Oilers, who are 6-11-2 as the visiting team, are playing the middle test
of a three-game road trip tonight.
The Oilers have won five of the last seven meetings with the Kings, but LA
took the only matchup this year back on December 28 in Edmonton.
01/08 10:12:46 ET