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Draisaitl eyes point in 14 straight for Edmonton; Los Angeles has won four in row on home ice

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

OILERS (14-6-3) at KINGS (8-12-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, SNW, SNOL, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Leon Draisaitl will try to extend the longest active point streak in the NHL to 14 games when the Edmonton Oilers face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday. 

Draisaitl has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) during a 13-game streak, which is tied for the longest in the NHL this season. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Boston Bruins forwards Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had 13-game runs. 

The Oilers are 4-1-1 in their past six games. They defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday to begin a five-game road trip.  

The Kings' three-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Los Angeles has won four straight on home ice.


Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) during an eight-game point streak with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past three. He is the first Oilers player to have at least three points in three straight games since Mark Messier (Jan. 25-30, 1990).  
Kings center Anze Kopitar has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"But what impresses me the most is how they're never satisfied, you know. I think Connor had a six-point night not too long ago, and Leon had a five-point night, and it was just another day at the office for 'em." -- Oilers forward Zack Kassian on Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid

"Well, I know there's no magic formula to stopping the two of them. I've watched it for too long. … I don't want to say they're unstoppable, but they are as close to unstoppable right now, I believe, as there is in the League." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- James Neal

Joakim Nygard -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Markus Granlund -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Oscar Klefbom -- Caleb Jones

Kris Russell -- Adam Larsson

Mike Smith

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Patrick Russell, Sam Gagner

Injured: Matt Benning (concussion protocol), Brandon Manning (hand)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Nikolai Prokhorkin

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Alec Martinez

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Ilya Kovalchuk, Kurtis MacDermid, Matt Luff

Injured: Trevor Lewis (lower body), Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Larsson will return after missing 22 games because of a broken leg he sustained in the season opener against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 2. … Benning is in concussion protocol after being struck in the head with an errant stick by Sharks forward Evander Kane in the first period, coach Dave Tippett said. … Grundstrom is expected to play after being scratched the past three games. 


Stat pack

McDavid has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 17 games against the Kings, including four (one goal, three assists) in a 6-5 victory Oct. 5. … Amadio will play in his 100th NHL game. … Iafallo has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

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