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6 Things To Watch For Tonight On Fox Sports West

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

KINGS (36-22-6) at OILERS (22-34-8)


ALBERTA FOR TWO: The Kings begin a back-to-back rendezvous in Alberta with their third of four meetings with the Edmonton Oilers this season. The Kings have won the first two matchups, both played at STAPLES Center, winning 2-1 in a SO on October 27, and 3-0 via a Martin Jones 24-save shutout bid on December 17. Tonight marks the Kings’ first visit to Edmonton’s Rexall Place since February 19 of last season.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Call Edmonton a prime destination for the Kings of late. The Kings are 8-0-2 in their previous 10 visits to Rexall Place dating back to November 26, 2008. Success for the Kings against the Oilers has come in general, regardless of game location. The Kings are 13-1-4 in their previous 18 meetings with Edmonton.

FRIEND IN THE CREASE: The Kings will see Ben Scrivens for the first time since Dean Lombardi dealt the Kings’ former backup goaltender to the Oilers on January 15. Scrivens went 7-5-4 with the Kings in 19 appearances, playing a major role in sustaining the Kings’ net while Jonathan Quick was sidelined 24 games with a groin injury, including three shutouts and a goal-less streak that lasted 191:19 minutes, just 10:52 shy of Jonathan Quick’s 202:11 minute franchise record. Scrivens has started Edmonton’s last two games, winning both times. (Hear from Scrivens)

SPOILER ALERT: The Oilers are enduring through one of the roughest seasons in the franchise’s history. To counter that negativity, they have taken upon the “spoiler” role. Sitting 20 points out of the West’s final wild-card playoff spot, Edmonton has no prayer for a shot at the postseason. They do, however, have the ability to be a burden on the clubs that are heading toward Stanley Cup hopes. The Oilers are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.

“FIVE UP, FIVE BACK”: There was nothing one-dimensional about Marian Gaborik’s comments to NHL staff reporters Thursday following his debut with the Kings in Winnipeg:

“Five [players] up, five [players] back. We have great goaltending, and everybody is trying to help out. We have a fast team. Our transition is very good.”

Let’s go ‘five up, five back’ for 60 minutes tonight in Edmonton.

22 TO 77: The Kings last played at Edmonton's Rexall Place on February 19, 2012, winning 3-1 in dramatic fashion, albeit ending with a two goal lead.

Both clubs exchanged goals in the second period, but it took until the final seconds of regulation for the winner to be potted.

Jeff Carter redirected a Trevor Lewis shot on a well-planned and executed sequence to give the Kings a 2-1 lead with just :49.6 seconds left in regulation time, the evening’s game-winning tally.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 4:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at Rexall Place for puck-drop at 5:00PM PT.

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