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GAME: Los Angeles Kings (20-15-12-5) at Edmonton Oilers (20-23-8-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

Despite missing several of their top players, the Los Angeles Kings are playing well and challenging for a playoff spot.

They'll face a difficult test in that quest when they open a seven-game road trip Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Derek Armstrong scored the tying goal with 3:15 left in regulation and Scott Barney and Alexander Frolov added power-play tallies Thursday, helping the Kings to a 3-3 tie against Colorado.

"It was a gratifying tie," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Our penalty killing stepped up for us tonight and we were able to get a couple of power-play goals, too."

Missing from the Kings' lineup were forwards Zigmund Palffy and Martin Straka and defenseman Aaron Miller. Forwards Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh will miss the entire season with head injuries.

Palffy is also out for the season following shoulder surgery and Straka is sidelined with a sprained knee.

"If Marty Straka does return, it will probably be late March or early April, but we'd have to be in the playoff position we want so badly for him to come back and play," Murray said.

Thursday's tie moved the Kings to 2-0-2 in their last four games, leaving them with just one regulation loss in 11 games (4-1-5-1).

This will be the 16th road trip of seven or more game since 1991 for the Kings, who have had a winning record in only one of the previous 15.

Edmonton, in danger of falling out of the playoff race in the Western Conference, stopped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over Chicago on Thursday.

Shawn Horcoff scored twice and Tommy Salo made 30 saves for the Oilers, last in the Northwest Division with 49 points.

"It was an important game for us. I don't think it was the best game we played, but we won the game," said Salo.

While the Oilers were desperate for two points, even better news came with the return of captain Jason Smith, who missed 14 games with a sprained left ankle.

Smith's return couldn't come soon enough because Edmonton will be without leading scorer Mike York for three to six weeks with a broken finger.

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