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Shorthanded Kings look to fend off Oilers

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



OILERS (0-1-1) at KINGS (1-1-1)

7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC

EDMONTON IN TOWN: This is the first of five meetings with Edmonton this season, and in coming to Los Angeles, the Oilers are still seeking their first win of the young season. Edmonton dropped their opening game 5-2 to the Calgary Flames, then lost 5-2 in a shootout Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Edmonton will be without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Jeff Petry tonight.

RED CROSS: The Kings will be without Jake Muzzin, Trevor Lewis, and Marian Gaborik tonight. Muzzin is skating, but is still not quite ready to return to the lineup. Lewis has not been skating with the team, and may be placed on injured reserve. As for Gaborik, the injury keeping him out of tonight’s game seems to be linked to the muscle injury he suffered during training camp.

FIRST LINE MIKE: Mike Richards, who has spent the start of the season centering the Kings’ fourth line, is likely to get some time on the first unit tonight alongside Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Skating alongside Kopitar will put Richards back with the line-mate he started his Kings career alongside in 2011.

ANDY’S IN: Andy Andreoff is expected to make his NHL debut tonight, centering the fourth line between Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan. Andreoff, drafted #80 overall by the Kings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has played in parts of three seasons with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. In 76 regular season games with Manchester last season, Andreoff registered 35 points (11G, 24A).

SUTTER CENTURY: Darryl Sutter is sitting on 99 wins as the Kings’ head coach, entering what will be his 183rd game behind the bench tonight against the Oilers. Sutter sits with a 99-58-25 mark as the Kings’ coach, and is well on his way to becoming the fastest coach to reach 100 wins in franchise history. Terry Murray, Sutter’s predecessor, hit the 100-win mark in his 197th game at the helm.

GOALIE SITCH: Jonathan Quick will be back in net for the Kings after sitting out Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Quick made 37 saves against the Arizona Coyotes Saturday in the Kings’ 3-2 overtime loss. Quick has made 60 saves on 67 shots seen in his two starts this year. For Edmonton, Viktor Fasth will be in net. Fasth will be making his second consecutive start for the Oilers; he made 39 saves against Vancouver on Saturday. The Kings faced Fasth one time last season, beating him for three goals on 48 shots in their 3-0 win in Edmonton on April 10.

DREW DOUGHTY PREGAME

THE LAST TIME AROUND: In four meetings last season, the Kings went 4-0-0 against the Oilers, outscoring Edmonton by a combined score of 10-3, including a shootout victory. Dating back to the 2010-2011 season, the Kings are 6-1-0 against the Oilers in the seven meetings played at STAPLES Center.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 7:00 on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30PM PT.

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