GAME: Edmonton Oilers (12-13-5-0) at Los Angeles Kings (15-11-1-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
The Edmonton Oilers look to match their season-high unbeaten streak at four
games when they visit the Kings in Los Angeles -- a place they haven't lost in
regulation in almost four years.
Edmonton had one win in eight games from Nov. 22-Dec. 9, but has since
posted two ties and a victory on its four-game road trip. The Oilers have gone
four straight games without a loss twice this season.
They remained unbeaten on this trip with a 3-2 win over the defending
Western Conference champion Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Sunday.
Raffi Torres scored the go-ahead goal with 5:29 remaining and Radek Dvorak
had two assists as the Oilers won despite another poor special teams
The Oilers, who have a league-worst 72.7 penalty-killing percentage, allowed
a power-play goal for the 12th straight game, tying the franchise record.
"Penalty killing is the toughest job in the game, especially with the
caliber of players who are out there who can move the puck around on the power
play," Torres said. "We know we've been struggling, so we're trying to do
whatever we can to stay out of the penalty box."
Edmonton is unbeaten in regulation in six visits to Los Angeles (5-0-0-1)
since Dec. 30, 1999, and is facing a struggling Kings club.
Los Angeles fell 2-1 on the road to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, and has
lost three of four after winning four of its previous six games. The Kings,
however, still hold a two-point lead for first place in the Pacific Division.
Ziggy Palffy put back a rebound of his own shot from the right circle at
2:46 of the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1, but the Blues held on for
their third win over Los Angeles this season.
"We played real hard for 40 minutes but we shot ourselves in the foot in
the first period," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We didn't have all of our
good players playing real hard in the first period."
Los Angeles will be without No. 1 goalie Roman Cechmanek, who is sidelined
by a bruised hip. Cristobal Huet will start, with recently recalled Milan
Hnilicka dressing as the backup.