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Back on the road, Kings in Alberta to take on Oilers

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


IN ALBERTA: Tonight marks the first of five meetings with Oilers this season, and the first of the Kings’ final two at Edmonton’s Rexall Place – which will no longer be the home to the Oilers after this season. Edmonton is finishing off a three-game home stand tonight, where they’ve gone 1-1-0 so far; they’re coming off of a 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night. The Kings are beginning a two-game road trip tonight; they’re coming off of a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

LINEUP: No changes are expected to be made from the Kings’ lineup the club skated with Friday night. Jonathan Quick left the ice first at this morning’s skate, and will start in net tonight. Matt Greene, who is still suffering the effects of an undisclosed upper-body injury, did not make the trip with the team.

FORWARDS

GABORIK – KOPITAR – BROWN
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(WEAL)

DEFENSEMEN

MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
MCBAIN – EHRHOFF
(FORBORT)

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

CAGED WEAPON: The Kings have earned points in the last 11 games they’ve played against Edmonton while Jonathan Quick has been in net. Quick is 9-0-2 against the Oilers during this span, including a 3-0-1 record last season. Tonight will mark Quick’s seventh start of the campaign; after winning his last three decisions while only allowing two goals on a combined 89 shots faced, he comes into the night with a 3-3-0 record, a .923 SV% and a 2.16 GAA this season.

FIRST LOOK: The Kings will see 2015’s #1 overall draft selection, Connor McDavid, for the first time tonight. McDavid, through his first eight NHL games, is averaging a point per contest (5G, 3A). He is riding a two-game goal scoring streak, and has four goals and seven points in his past four games. Can the Kings shut down the youngster tonight?

OH, TOFFOLI: Tyler Toffoli, with two goals Friday night, has scored at least one goal in four-straight games. With six total goals on the season, Toffoli has just one less than the rest of the entire Kings roster (7) combined. Only five other players have hit the back of the net this season; Anze Kopitar (2), Jeff Carter (2), Marian Gaborik, Milan Lucic, and Nick Shore. Can the Kings get balanced contributions from their offense tonight in Edmonton?

ANOTHER CAM: The Kings will face a goalie with the first name Cam for the second straight game; this time around, it’s Cam Talbot, who the Oilers acquired in a trade during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Talbot, who will be making his sixth start of the season tonight, has a 2-3-0 record, posting a .918 SV% and a 2.22 GAA. Talbot has started two games against the Kings in his career, both of which came last season while he was with the Rangers; he went 1-1-0, allowing seven goals on 66 shots faced.

BABY VS BLOGGER: Who does TRH Baby pick to win tonight’s game? Read the entire Royal Half Gameday Preview HERE!

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: The ‘Kings Live’ pregame show begins at 6:00PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Edmonton’s Rexall Place for puck drop just after 6:30. As always, you can listen to Daryl Evans and Nick Nickson call the game live over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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