IN FROM EDMONTON:
Tonight marks the second of five meetings with the Oilers this season, and the first of three at STAPLES Center; the Kings beat Edmonton 3-2 on October 25 at Rexall Place. The Oilers are finishing off a four-game road trip where they’ve gone 1-2-0 so far, they’re coming off of a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. The Kings are completing a five-game home stand where they’ve gone 2-2-0 so far, they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
LINEUP: The Kings held an optional morning skate in advance of tonight’s game at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Derek Forbort and Jordan Weal remained on the ice for extra work with Matt Greene (IR), so those two are tonight’s projected healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick left the ice first, and is expected to start.
PEARSON – KOPITAR – GABORIK
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
BROWN – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – MCBAIN
SLUMP-BUSTER: Marian Gaborik enters tonight’s game with two points (1G, 1A) in 16 games played; he hasn’t recorded a point in the last seven games, and hasn’t scored a goal in 11. Gaborik, though, in Edmonton’s previous visit to STAPLES Center on April 2, 2015, recorded three points (2G, 1A) – which is the only game Gaborik’s played against the Oilers on home ice since he’s been with the Kings. The veteran scorer was netting them in practice, can he carry that over into the game tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the previous meeting between these clubs on October 25 at Edmonton’s Rexall Place, the Kings beat the Oilers 3-2. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings, while Tanner Pearson netted his first goal of the season with 3:26 to play in regulation, the night’s eventual game-winner. Jonathan Quick made a sprawling, controversial glove save on Connor McDavid with 3 seconds to play to secure the win.
BABY VS BLOGGER: Who does TRH baby pick to win tonight’s game? Read the entire Royal Half Gameday preview HERE!
CARTMAN BOBBLEHEAD: Everyone in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a limited edition South Park Cartman Bobblehead! If you can’t make it to the game, you can still enter to win one signed by a Kings Player and the creators of the show, Matt Stone and Trey Parker HERE!
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE:
Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 6:30PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop just after 7:00. As always, you can listen to Daryl Evans
and Nick Nickson call the game over the radio airwaves at AM 790 KABC