KINGS (41-27-7) at OILERS (33-36-5)
10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN1, FS-W, NHL.TV
The Los Angeles Kings look to gain in the Pacific Division when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday.
Los Angeles is four points behind the San Jose Sharks for second and tied with the Anaheim Ducks, but hold the tiebreaker with more regulation/overtime wins (39-34). The Kings are playing the finale of a four-game road trip (2-0-1).
Edmonton, which has been eliminated from playoff contention, is playing the first of a three-game homestand after going 3-0-1 on a four-game road trip.
Players to watch
Kings center Anze Kopitar scored four goals in a 7-1 win at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past five games.
Oilers center Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and is second in NHL scoring with 94 points (36 goals, 58 assists), one point behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.
They said it
"Just from the opportunity of getting to play with him, I have a whole new appreciation for the way he plays the game. I had a lot of respect playing against him and knew how tough it was to defend him with his skill, but just seeing him night in and night out, the way that he plays a full 200-foot game, but he's got a real good offensive side too." -- Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf on Anze Kopitar
"We all have pride and I think we want to take in a little bit of that spoiler role. All these games are still important, they still mean a lot to us as a team and I think we've been playing some decent hockey lately and hopefully we can keep it going."-- Oilers center Leon Draisaitl
Kings projected lineup
Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tobias Rieder
Adrian Kempe -- Nate Thompson -- Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford -- Mike Amadio -- Torrey Mitchell
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Dion Phaneuf -- Alec Martinez
Jake Muzzin -- Christian Folin
Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Kevin Gravel
Injured: Trevor Lewis (upper body)
Oilers projected lineup
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Connor McDavid -- Ty Rattie
Drake Caggiula -- Leon Draisaitl -- Pontus Aberg
Milan Lucic -- Ryan Strome -- Jesse Puljujarvi
Anton Slepyshev -- Jujhar Khaira -- Iiro Pakarinen
Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson
Kris Russell -- Ethan Bear
Andrej Sekera -- Matt Benning
Scratched: Brad Malone, Yohann Auvitu
Injured: Oscar Klefbom (shoulder), Michael Cammalleri (undisclosed), Zack Kassian (undisclosed)
Sekera will return after missing the past two games with a foot injury … Lewis is expected to miss his third game. … Malone was recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Wednesday but will not play.
Doughty has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in his past eight games. … Quick is 7-3-0 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in his past 10 starts. … Nugent-Hopkins has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games.