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11-26-2008, 11:42 AM
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Los Angeles @ Edmonton - 11/26/08 - 7:00 PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(8-9-3, 19 pts)

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Edmonton Oilers
(9-9-2, 20 pts)


7:00PM (PST) @ Rexall Place | Edmonton, AB

TV Broadcast: NHLN (US), TSN (CA)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 204


GAME PREVIEW
The Edmonton Oilers were one of the last teams in the league to lose a game, but very little has gone right since their fast start.

The Oilers look to get out of their funk and avoid losing their fifth straight game at Rexall Place when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Edmonton (9-9-2) opened the 2008-09 season with four straight wins before losing 3-0 to Chicago on Oct. 22. Minnesota became the NHL's last team to suffer a loss one night later.

The Oilers' fast start has been wasted, however, as they've gone just 5-9-2 since and now own the fifth-worst record in the Western Conference.

Edmonton lost for the fourth time in five games with Thursday's 4-3 setback to Detroit, prompting coach Craig MacTavish to keep the dressing room closed for 15 minutes after the game.

"There's not enough personal commitment collectively to battle," MacTavish said. "Whether you are a small guy, medium guy, young guy, experienced guy, you have to battle. You have to get in there. We're not competing hard enough collectively, especially in our own building. We haven't played a good game in our building yet. We have to come out and start taking charge in our building otherwise it is no advantage."

After opening the season with consecutive wins at Rexall Place, the Oilers have dropped their last four games there. They have not lost five straight home games since an eight-game home slide Feb. 27-March 21, 2007.

Penalty killing has been a major problem for Edmonton, which allowed the Red Wings to convert 3 of 5 power-play opportunities Thursday. The Oilers are second-worst in the league at penalty killing (73.9 percent), and have stopped just 6 of 13 of their opponents' power-play chances in their last three home games.

Goaltender Dwayne Roloson was pulled 10 minutes into Thursday's game after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Mathieu Garon replaced him and stopped 24 of 25 shots, but was saddled with his fifth straight loss.

Garon may get the start Wednesday, as he's 3-1-0 with a 2.95 goals-against average against the Kings (8-9-3) since 2003-04. Roloson is 2-2-0 with a 2.76 GAA and one shutout versus Los Angeles since 2005-06. The Oilers went 2-2-0 against the Kings last season.

Los Angeles has dropped four of its last five games, including a 6-2 loss to Calgary on Tuesday.

The Kings hope center Anze Kopitar, who scored his fourth goal of the season Tuesday, is finally starting to find his rhythm. Kopitar has two goals in his last three games after scoring just two in his first 17. He ranked second on Los Angeles with 32 goals last season, including three in four games against the Oilers.

Goalie Erik Ersberg made his 10th consecutive start Tuesday, but gave up four goals on 18 shots and was pulled midway through the second period.

Jason LaBarbera replaced Ersberg and made 15 saves over the final 30 minutes. LaBarbera has posted a 1.00 GAA in winning three career starts versus the Oilers, while Ersberg has never faced them.



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Marc-Andre Cliche (Separated shoulder on 10/06/08) IR
Jack Johnson (Shoulder injury on 10/13/08) IRR

EDMONTON
Jean-Francois Jacques (Back injury on 10/09/08) IR
Steve MacIntyre (Upper-body injury on 11/09/08) IR
Fernando Pisani (Broken ankle on 11/18/08) IR



RECENT MEETINGS
02/28/08 - Kings @ Oilers 5-4 (Oilers win)
01/15/08 - Kings @ Oilers 3-1 (Kings win)
12/03/07 - Oilers @ Kings 4-3 (Oilers win in Shootout)
10/27/07 - Oilers @ Kings 4-1 (Kings win)


*Kings All-Time Record against Edmonton (56-78-32)



TEAM LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 16 points (4 G, 12 A, -2)
Hemsky, EDM - 21 points (5 G, 16 A, -1)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 11 points (2 G, 9 A, +3)
Souray, EDM - 15 points (7 G, 8 A, +2)



PROBABLE STARTERS
LaBarbera, LA - 11 GP Record: 3-5-1 GAA 3.06 SV% .884
Garon, EDM - 8 GP Record: 3-5-0 GAA 3.41 SV% .889



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.75 (11th in NHL)
EDM – 3.05 (T-21st in NHL)

Avg. Goals
LA – 2.55 (23rd in NHL)
EDM – 2.60 (21st in NHL)

Power Play %
LA – 16.4 (20th in NHL)
EDM – 20.0 (11th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 83.5 (11th in NHL)
EDM – 73.9 (29th in NHL)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


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11-26-2008, 11:43 AM
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I cant post in the fgotg thread since I'll be out all day but can someone pass mine along?

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Thanks again for doing these John!

Thank God there's another game right away so we can forget about that dreadful performance last night.

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I'm very discouraged by the Kings defensive play in the last two games. They look like the Kings of old. Hopefully they can get back on track tonight.

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LaBarbera vs. Garon?

We could be in for a high scoring game tonight.

Both have save %'s below 89 and GAA's over 3.

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Hopefully the absolutely brutal version of Edmonton decides to show up tonight.

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BTW you have the Flames logoinstead of the Oilers.

That would be like someone putting the Ducks logo in a GDT vs. the Kings.

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GAME PREVIEW

"There's not enough personal commitment collectively to battle," MacTavish said. "Whether you are a small guy, medium guy, young guy, experienced guy, you have to battle. You have to get in there. We're not competing hard enough collectively, especially in our own building. We haven't played a good game in our building yet. We have to come out and start taking charge in our building otherwise it is no advantage."


Why do I feel like that is about to change? I think Lubo scores and has a 3 point game. The Kings lose 5-2.

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LaBarbera with the win tonight.

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MY EYES!!!!!!



(Great GDT otherwise, hope its a great game tonight)

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MY EYES!!!!!!



(Great GDT otherwise, hope its a great game tonight)
LOL. My bad.

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Game on NHL network eh?

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it will be great to see Lubo again. I hope he gets a hat trick and the Kings win 5-3

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With a possible Garon in net and a Lubo seeking revenge, added to last night Kings game, I'm having pretty low expectations for a Kings win tonight. Hope I'm wrong.
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Game on NHL network eh?
Yes... we'll be treated to the TSN HD feed. The only question is announcers. I'm guessing Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will do the Montral game at 4 and we'll get Chris Cuthbert (who is excellent) and Glenn Healy (who isn't) doing the Kings game.

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I don't think Healy is doing TSN broadcasts anymore since he's now working with the NHLPA.

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after last nights debacle we need something to look back on, this thanksgiving weekend! Please be a win!!

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I've never liked Lubo, I hope he gets 0 points and ends up in hell for eternity.

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I've never liked Lubo, I hope he gets 0 points and ends up in hell for eternity.
Thats how I feel about Joe Corvo.

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I don't think Healy is doing TSN broadcasts anymore since he's now working with the NHLPA.
Yeah I would expect Ray Ferraro, who is excellent. Atleast I think so, I like how blunt he can be.

I look forward to seeing Stoll and Greene again, here's hoping it's a good one.

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Yes... we'll be treated to the TSN HD feed. The only question is announcers. I'm guessing Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will do the Montral game at 4 and we'll get Chris Cuthbert (who is excellent) and Glenn Healy (who isn't) doing the Kings game.
its probly Chris and Ray F

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I don't think Healy is doing TSN broadcasts anymore since he's now working with the NHLPA.
Hallelujah. Best news I've heard today. Ferraro is fine as color.

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Lets steal some cookies tonight. 4-2 Win!

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LaBarbera in net. Boyle out, Richardson in. Armstrong moves up with Handzus and Calder, while Richardson centers Ivanans and Simmonds.

Those are two ****ing terrible lines.

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