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Kings aim to bounce back against Oilers

by Davis Harper

KINGS (5-6-2) at OILERS (6-5-3)


Last 10: Los Angeles 5-4-1; Edmonton 4-3-3.

Season series: This is the second of three meetings. Nail Yakupov scored with 4.7 seconds left to send the first matchup to overtime, where Sam Gagner converted for a 2-1 Oilers win on Jan. 24 at Rexall Place.

Big story: Two of the National Hockey League’s lowest-scoring teams will face off Tuesday in Edmonton, but only one is coming off its best offensive outing of the season. Edmonton scored six goals to beat Colorado on Saturday – including five unanswered to end the game – and will look to continue that trend against the under-performing, defending Stanley Cup champions.

Team scope:

Kings: Los Angeles has struggled even more than usual to score so far this season. One of two teams yet to score 30 goals, the Kings are fourth-worst in the NHL with a 2.23 goals-per-game average. Los Angeles lost 3-2 to Chicago on Sunday, bringing its record to 1-5-2 when scoring two or fewer goals. Mike Richards scored two power-play goals in the third period, but the Kings were unable to complete the comeback.

"(It's) not the way you want to start a season, obviously," said Richards. "We've had some ups and downs. We've played some really good games, and some poor games, so we have to try and find that consistency on a daily basis. It's got to come soon."

Oilers: Heading into Saturday, the young Oilers had similar scoring issues, managing more than two goals only once in their last eight games. Things looked headed down a similar path against the Avalanche, who jumped out to a 4-1 lead early in the second period. Then, something clicked as the Oilers got five goals from five different players on their way to a 6-4 win. Edmonton ended the game with 56 shots, a deluge compared to their 26.9 season average.

"If anything, it gives our team a little confidence with our goal scoring," said Jordan Eberle. "We haven't been able to put the puck in the net and, especially my line, it felt like we cracked the door open in this game."

Who’s hot: Richards has three goals in his past two games. … Edmonton’s power play scored twice on four chances Saturday after going 3-for-31 in the previous seven games.

Injury report: Kings defensemen Alec Martinez (upper body) and Willie Mitchell (knee) are day-to-day, while Matt Greene (back) is out indefinitely. … Teemu Hartikainen (shoulder), Lennart Petrell (head) and Theo Peckham (hip) are day-to-day for Edmonton. Ryan Jones (eye), Anton Lander (foot) and Andy Sutton (knee) are out indefinitely.

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