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Game Day Centre: Oilers at Los Angeles

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers


Start Time: 8:08 p.m. MDT
Television: CBC
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The Edmonton Oilers kick off a short two-game road trip to Southern California tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Thursday night, the Oilers completed a thrilling 5-4 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild. Shawn Horcoff had two goals and two assists while Ales Hemsky had a pair of goals plus the shootout winner. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid.

As far as the Western Conference standings go, the Oilers could move into a tie for seventh place with a win tonight.

Los Angeles is already in seventh with 10 points on the season through 11 games. Following a stretch of five straight losses, the Kings have now won three straight and four of five.

Just The Facts...

LINEUP UPDATE (1:57 PM): Dick Tarnstom is likely to be re-inserted into the lineup tonight with Mathieu Roy drawing out. Dwayne Roloson is also likely to get the start in goal.

OILERS TO WATCH: Following his four-point performance on Thursday, Shawn Horcoff now leads the Oilers in scoring with 10 points in 10 games. Ales Hemsky was scoreless through his first nine games but had two on Thursday. He is tied for the team lead in shots with 25... Ladislav Smid picked up an assist in his first game of the season and should draw back into the lineup tonight.

KINGS TO WATCH: Michael Cammalleri is tearing up the NHL with a league-leading 10 goals already this season. His centre, Anze Kopitar has directly benefitted from Cammalleri's scoring prowess as he has four goals and eight assists for 12 points... Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky is also dangerous with eight points in 11 games... Goaltender Jason LaBarbera seems to have taken over the starting role in Los Angeles. In six games, he has a 3-2-0 record, 2.26 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Sheldon Souray (shoulder) is out. Ethan Moreau (foot) is out. Joni Pitkanen (knee) is out; Los Angeles – The Kings are healthy.

FAST FACTS: Shawn Horcoff's four points last night matched his career high. He had four assists versus Detroit on Nov. 17, 2005. The line with Horcoff, Hemsky and Torres combined for nine points... LaBarbera has stopped 89 of his last 92 shots dating back to the third period in Dallas on October 10... Alexander Frolov has scored a point in each of his last seven games (3-6-9). If he gets a point tonight that will match his career high of eight games set in 2005-06... .

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