PRE-GAME NOTESForward Lines:
Pouliot - Hall - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Yakupov
Fraser - Lander - Pitlick
Gazdic - Hendricks - KlinkhammerDefensive Pairings
Klefbom - Schultz
Marincin - Musil Goalies:Bachman
Pakarinen (knee), Fasth (leg), Fayne (shoulder), Ference (concussion), Gordon (back), Klinkhammer (healthy), Nikitin (undisclosed), Nugent-Hopkins (lower body)
: Here we go. Oilers looking to play spoiler against the Kings who are in the wild card race. Richard Bachman rejoins the team this week and gets the start.17:00:
Pretty laid back first few minutes. Oilers only shot directed towards the net, by David Musil, is blocked.15:37:
Keith Aulie throws down and gets the best of Brayden McNabb! Both get five for fighting and Aulie gets the W.
As Bachman makes the save a little tidbit for you, Bachman is 2-0-1 in three career games against the Kings with a goals-against average of 0.70 and a .979 save percentage.13:21:
Oilers head out on their first power play of the game. Dwight King tripping penalty.12:17:
Justin Schultz to Taylor Hall who rifles a one-timer on Martin Jones. He makes the save. 9:34:
Anton Lander with a golden opportunity in front of the net, alone, and he whiffs. Beautiful setup by Tyler Pitlick.3:21:
Gorgeous pass from Nail Yakupov to Derek Roy who tries to slide the puck back post. Doesn't, but so close! 0:00:
Shots 11-6 in favour of the Kings.
Teddy Purcell! Cuts in on McNabb and hits the post! So close. So. Close.17:26:
Martin Marincin with the point shot, the rebound goes to Matt Fraser (7) who's all alone in front. | EDM 1, LAK 0
Keith Aulie back to the box. Delay of game. He may or may not have flipped the puck over the glass.
14:16: Well that didn't last long. Jake Muzzin puts home the missed Anze Kopitar shot that ricochet off the end boards. | EDM 1, LAK 1
Benoit Pouliot (18) scores a wicked breakaway goal and celebrates like a gentleman. Single fist pump. | EDM 2, LAK 1
Matching penalties for Rob Klinkhammer and Trevor Lewis. Roughing.
: Anton Lander 86% in the dot so far tonight.14:35:
Jordan Eberle shows off his smooth handles, but can't finish.14:29:
Tyler Pitlick (2) walks out in front and just burries it past Martin. | EDM 3, LAK 1
Derek Roy for hooking puts the Kings on the PP. Their last goal was scored a man up.10:22:
A rolling Drew Doughty slap shot from centre beats Bachman. | EDM 3, LAK 2
Stressful few minutes here at Rexall. The Oilers lead by one, but have been facing pressure the past three minutes.:42:
Oilers ice the puck, look gassed, and Todd Nelson calls a 30 second timeout.
Fraser seels it at the bitter end. | EDM 4, LAK 2