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Kings host Oilers, McDavid makes LA debut

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

EDMONTON IN TOWN: Tonight marks the fourth of five meetings with the Oilers this season, and the second of Edmonton’s three visits to STAPLES Center. The Oilers are starting a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Kings are playing the second of a three-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. There were no changes to the lines used in Tuesday’s game. Defenseman Kevin Gravel and forward Michael Mersch remained on the ice for extra work and are the presumed healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net.







EYES ON CONNOR: The Kings will see Connor McDavid for just the second time this season, the Oilers’ #1 overall Draft Pick missing the teams’ last two meetings with a broken collarbone. In 11 games back since returning from injury, McDavid has posted 16 points (5G, 11A), held scoreless in only two of those games. In 18:54 minutes played against the Kings on October 25, McDavid recorded an assist, and was robbed of what would have been a game-tying goal in the contests waning moments when Jonathan Quick made a sprawling glove save.

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings are 3-0-0 against the Oilers this season, their most recent win a 5-2 victory on December 29 at Rexall Place. In Edmonton’s only previous visit to STAPLES Center this season on November 14, the Kings beat the Oilers 4-3 when Nick Shore netted the game-winner with 1:37 left in regulation. Tanner Pearson leads all Kings players in points scored against the Oilers this season with four (2G, 2A), Drew Doughty has chipped in with three (3A). Jonathan Quick has started all three games against Edmonton, stopping 87 of 93 shots faced.

TOUGH AWAY FROM HOME: The Oilers come into the night with the NHL’s worst record on the road, posting a 7-19-4 mark away from Rexall Place. Edmonton has lost their last three away games by a combined score of 15-3, and have won just two games in their past 14 played on the road. The Oilers haven’t fared very well in Los Angeles as of late, either, losing each of their last seven visits to STAPLES Center, dating back to April 2, 2014.

Morning prep for Edmonton. #LAKings - Oilers at 7:30 tonight.

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WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show on Fox Sports West at 7:00 PM PST, followed with Nick Nickson and Jim Fox on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center at 7:30. As always, you can listen to Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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