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Kings see Oilers in farewell visit to Rexall

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


OIL COUNTRY: Tonight marks the third of five meetings with the Oilers this season and the second and final at Edmonton’s Rexall Place. The Oilers are playing the first of a six-game home stand, they’re coming off of a 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday. The Kings are playing the third of a four-game road trip, they’re coming off of a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks Monday night.

FAREWELL, REXALL: Tonight marks the Kings’ final (regular season) visit to Edmonton’s Rexall Place, which is currently the NHL’s second-oldest building behind New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Oilers will move into the brand-new Rogers Place next season, stationed on the north end of downtown Edmonton. One thing that’s always graced the Oilers’ home since 1974 is the quality of its ice: “I think it is,” Marian Gaborik said of Rexall having the best ice in the NHL. “I think anybody could tell you that, and I think it’s one, because it’s cold, but the other thing is they take good care of the ice, and it’s always been great.”

LINEUP: The Kings held a highly optional morning skate today, as well as meetings at the team hotel in anticipation of tonight’s game. Jeff Carter and Dwight King were both with the club, but neither are expected to draw into the lineup. The Kings will likely skate with the same units used Monday night in Vancouver, although Christian Ehrhoff could swap back in on the blue-line. Jhonas Enroth is presumed to make his seventh start of the season.

FORWARDS

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

DEFENSEMEN

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

GOALTENDERS

ENROTH
(QUICK)

HOT ON HOME ICE: The Oilers have won each of their previous seven games played on home-ice at Rexall Place, scoring 25 goals in regulation during that span. Four of the Oilers’ wins during the streak have come in regulation, two in overtime, and one in a shootout. Can the Kings snap Edmonton’s home winning streak tonight?

CALLING ON JHONAS?: With the Kings playing the second of a back-to-back set, there’s a chance Jhonas Enroth could get the call in net tonight. Enroth has made six starts and appeared in seven games, carrying along a 3-2-1 record with a .939 SV% and a 1.89 GAA. Jonathan Quick started both games for the Kings against the Oilers this season, stopping 48 of the 53 shots he faced in his two wins. Enroth has made two starts against the Oilers in his NHL career, both as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, where he went 0-2-0 with a .903 SV% and a 3.00 GAA.

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GOALIE CAM: The Kings will see Edmonton’s Cam Talbot in net tonight. Talbot has started both games for Edmonton against the Kings this season, stopping 55 of the 62 shots he’s faced. Talbot has made 16 starts and appeared in 18 games this season, carrying a 5-9-2 record into tonight’s contest, with a .904 SV% and a 2.93 GAA.

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings have won each of their previous two meetings against the Oilers this season, winning 3-2 in October 25 at Rexall Place and 4-3 on November 14 at STAPLES Center. Tanner Pearson has scored in both games against Edmonton, racking up a total of four points (2G, 2A) against the Oilers this season. Drew Doughty (2A) and Milan Lucic (1G, 1A) have each recorded two points against Edmonton this season.

IN EDMONTON: The Kings went 1-1-1 in their three visits to Edmonton last season, and are 1-0-0 so far during the 2015-’16 campaign. The Kings’ regulation loss on April 7, 2015 was the club’s first one at Rexall Place dating back to February 28, 2008. The Kings, during that span, earned points in 15 of their 16 visits (12-1-3), can they earn a couple in their farewell visit tonight?

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Rexall Place for puck drop just after 6:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action live over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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