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12-15-2009, 02:07 PM
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Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers - 12/15/09 - 6:30PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(21-11-3, 45 pts)


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Edmonton Oilers
(15-13-4, 34 pts)






6:30PM (PST) @ Rexall Place Edmonton, AB


TV Broadcast: SNET-W (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 204
Online Video Stream: ATDHE

GAME PREIVEW
Last 10: Los Angeles 7-2-1; Edmonton 6-3-1.

Season series: Second of four meetings this season. The Kings have already won once at Rexall Place, 3-1 on Nov. 25. Defenseman Matt Greene, an ex-Oiler, scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:28 remaining before Alexander Frolov added an empty-netter. Wayne Simmonds also scored for L.A. and Ryan Potulny had the Edmonton goal. Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots for the victory.

Big story: Los Angeles began a four-game road trip Monday with the opportunity to move ahead of Washington for first overall in the League, but saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in Vancouver by a 3-1 final. Now the Kings continue their swing through Western Canada with their second game in as many nights, against an Edmonton squad that has won its last five.

Team Scope:

Kings: For the second night in a row, Los Angeles will have the opportunity to take over the lead in the Western Conference and perhaps the entire League, depending on how Washington and Pittsburgh fare in their games. The Canucks made sure the Kings didn't accomplish that feat Monday by scoring just 1:04 into the game and holding L.A. to just an Alexander Frolov goal late in the first period.

Oilers: Could a six-game road trip have sparked the turnaround to Edmonton's season? The team was languishing after getting routed by Vancouver on its first stop, but since then victories over Detroit, Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay and St. Louis have followed. The challenge now will be continuing that success on home ice, where the Oilers have won just two of their last six.

"We try to bring the same type of game plan to every game and same type of intensity," forward Sam Gagner said. "I think we're just kind of in a bit of a groove there where we weren't really worried about what happened and just went out and played."

Who's hot: Frolov has scored in consecutive games for Los Angeles. Edmonton forward Dustin Penner has goals in three straight and is coming off a four-point effort against St. Louis. Forward Gilbert Brule had two goals and an assist in that game. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has two goals and three assists over his last five games.

Stat pack: Penner had played just 101 regular-season games for Anaheim when Edmonton signed him to a somewhat controversial offer sheet three seasons ago that the Ducks refused to match. At age 27, we appear to be seeing his breakout season. Penner has 18 goals and 36 points to lead the Oilers in scoring. His career high for points is 47, set in his first season with his new team.

Puck drop: "You cannot play against good hockey clubs without intensity," Kings coach Terry Murray warned after Monday's defeat. It won't take long to find out whether his players got the message, as they face another good hockey club in the Oilers.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?i...vid=sb:preview



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Brandon Segal - Lower body (IR. Out until at least mid-December)
Wayne Simmonds - Lower body (Out indefinitely)
Ryan Smyth - Upper body (IR. Out until at least late December)
Andrei Loktionov - Shoulder (IR. Out until at least mid-December)

EDMONTON
Mike Comrie - Mononucleosis (IR. Out until at least mid-December)
Ales Hemsky - Shoulder (IR. Out for the season)
Denis Grebeshkov - Knee (Questionable for Dec. 15 vs. Los Angeles)
Nikolai Khabibulin - Back (IR. Out until at least late December)
Fernando Pisani - Colitis (IR. Out indefinitely)
Marc-Antoine Pouliot - Sports hernia (IR. Out until at least late December)

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/injuries



RECENT MEETINGS
11/25/09 - Kings @ Oilers 3-1 (Kings)
04/07/09 - Kings @ Oilers 2-1 (Kings)
02/14/09 - Oilers @ Kings 3-2 (Oilers, SO)
12/05/08 - Oilers @ Kings 5-4 (Oilers, SO)
11/26/08 - Kings @ Oilers 2-1 (Kings)

*Kings All Time Record against vs the Oilers: 59-78-30-4



http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=27152



Probable Starting Lineups
LOS ANGELES
Frolov - Kopitar - Williams
Purcell - Richardson - Brown
Mollar - Handzus - Parse
Ivanans - Elkins - Harrold

Scuderi - Doughty
Johnson - Jones
O'Donnell - Greene

EDMONTON
Penner - Gagner - Brule
Jacques - Horcoff - O'Sullivan
Moreau - Cogliano - Potulny
Stone - Stortini - Nilsson

Visnovsky - Smid
Souray - Gilbert
Grebeshkov - Staios



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 38PTS (16G / 22 A, +3)
Penner, EDM - 36PTS (18 G / 18 A, +13)

Defensemen
Doughty, LA - 24PTS (8 G / 16 A, +9)
Visnovsky, EDM - 23PTS (7 G / 16 A, +12)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm




PROBABLE STARTERING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 32 GP (19-10-3)
GAA 2.61 / SV% .903

Deslauriers, EDM- 14 GP (8-4-2)
GAA 2.61 / SV% .916

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm



TEAM STATS
Goals Per Game:
LA 2.91 (T-8th)
EDM 2.94 (T-6th)

Goals Against Average:
LA 2.89 (21st)
EDM 3.00 (24th)

Power Play %:
LA 19.6 (12th)
EDM 19.5 (T-13th)

Penalty Kill %:
LA 78.1 (27th)
EDM 78.4 (25th)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm

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Any official word on who will start in goal?

If Quick, 5-3 Kings
If Ersberg, 5-4 Oilers

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I hope our NHL team shows up tonight but with all our injuries it looks more like an AHL team

Go Mon..err...KINGS!

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Any official word on who will start in goal?

If Quick, 5-3 Kings
If Ersberg, 5-4 Oilers
Quick will be in.

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Hope to see a hard fought game. Excited to see Elkins play.

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that 4th line is ****ing scary
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The Kings 4th line right? I know, I wouldn't want to go up against it to.

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Oilers are on a roll and probably jacked up more than ever this season. If we come out flat again, that spells trouble obviously. Quick needs to have a big game if we stand a chance.

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Reading Hammond, it appears kings may be dressing 7 dmen.

Kopi/Fro/JW
Zeus/Purcell/Brown
Richardson/Moller/Parse
Elkins/Raitis

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Battle of the banged up teams.

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Me thinks the Kings are an exhausted bunch. Their play last night indicated that. I'm not expecting them to play any different that what we saw in yesterday's game.

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Man, this break can't come soon enough . . . hoping for a win

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I just hope Frolov keeps up his strong play. Its really nice seeing him bust his butt.

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let's hope the kings come out with more energy in the first period...we're gonna need quick to come up big again

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I heard Hemsky is out...

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I heard Hemsky is out...
I'm sure we'll be reminded of the reason WHY Hemsky is out for all but about 2 minutes of tonight's broadcast.

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Me thinks the Kings are an exhausted bunch. Their play last night indicated that. I'm not expecting them to play any different that what we saw in yesterday's game.
I agree. Kings have been 'off' for what 2 or 3 weeks now. It's amazing what our record is considering the schedule and injuries.

Just to look at the numbers:
Oct. 3 to Dec. 17 = 76 days for 37 gp (16 home/21 away)
8 day break for holidays
Dec. 26 to Feb. 13 = 50 days for 24 gp (14 home/10 away including 5 game trip in Eastern Time Zone)
16 day break for Olympics
Mar. 2 to Apr. 11 = 41 days for 21 gp (11 home/10 away)

Basically a game evey other day except for the two long breaks. I think the Kings depth and maturity will carry them through fairly well.

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Don't know if it was posted, but, here is a nice read about Scott.

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New member here, kings fan since 98!

From Montreal, so Ive had to deal with a lot of hab fans the last decade. lol
This is a good year to be a kings fan in Montreal though! Things are looking bright for our club.

Anyway, Kings might be a lil tired tonight, but hopefully we dig in and get 2 points!

Go Kings!

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Hey guys, Oiler fan.

Just thought I'd let you all know in case you didn't. Hemsky is out.

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Hey guys, Oiler fan.

Just thought I'd let you all know in case you didn't. Hemsky is out.
Since when has he been out?

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Hey guys, Oiler fan.

Just thought I'd let you all know in case you didn't. Hemsky is out.
Of the closet? I knew...

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Hey guys, Oiler fan.

Just thought I'd let you all know in case you didn't. Hemsky is out.
i didnt know. thanks for dropping by

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Be prepared for cheap shots at doughty and kopitar tonight!

Kings will show us why theyre at the top this season..

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The break can't come fast enough, I've gotta say. This has all the makings of being one weird, unpredictable game. The Oilers are going for their sixth win in a row after a long three-day break, and the Kings played the night before and are incredibly banged up. Should be an interesting one!

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