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Under the Scope: Oilers at Kings

by Ryan Dittrick / Edmonton Oilers

The goals came fast and furious in the first period, as the Oilers and Kings skated into the intermission tied at two. It appeared as though the offensive guns were out to shine all evening, but Edmonton's goal-scoring ability was stunted after the opening 20-minutes. Dustin Penner recorded his 14th of the season, tying him with rookie phenom Taylor Hall for the Oilers' goal-scoring lead, while Andrew Cogliano marked his sixth of the campaign as his offensive game appears to be heating up.

Jarret Stoll added a second period tally to record the game-winning goal, while Drew Doughty recorded the Kings' fourth marker of the evening early in the third period to gather insurance for a Los Angeles victory. Stoll would later add an empty-netter with only 1:50 to play to put some salt in the wound of his former club.

Devan Dubnyk returned to crease for his second consecutive start following an impressive 41-save performance vs. San Jose Thursday night. The rookie netminder was tested with 22 quality shots, but only had an answer for 18 of them en route to the loss. At the other end, Jonathan Bernier stopped 24 of the 26 he faced as the Kings rolled to a 5-2 victory Saturday night at Staples Center.

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A flurry of goal-scoring in the opening frame netted a 2-2 tie after one period of play. Early in the second, it appeared as though the offensive onslaught would continue with Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll putting his team up 3-2 at 7:08 of the middle frame. As it turned out, however, his goal would silence the Edmonton attack. The Kings would take the one-goal advantage into the third, where Drew Doughty would cap his excellent evening with another Kings tally to put the Oilers down by pair. Edmonton was ultimately silenced following Stoll's go-ahead goal in the second.

43 The Oilers won 43% of the draws tonight. Leading the way was Colin Fraser, who enjoyed a 4-3, 57% outing in the faceoff dot. Taylor Hall wasn't far behind, posting a 5-6, 45% efficiency rate.
10 In a rare circumstance, the Oilers had 10 different players record more than one shot on goal tonight. Combined, the Oilers put up 26.
57 The offence was furious, but so too was the physical play. The Oilers and Kings combined to dish out 57 hits on this night (31 by Edmonton, 26 by Los Angeles).
8 For only the eighth time this season, the Oilers outshot their opponent. Oddly enough, the Oilers have only recorded one victory this season when doing so (1-5-2).
32 The Oilers have now failed to score on 32 consecutive powerplay attempts.

Drew Doughty
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 1

Jarret Stoll
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +3 3

Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 -1 3

Jonathan Bernier
26 24 2 59:39 .923

Devan Dubnyk
22 18 4 59:43 .818

Anze Kopitar - C

30:02 - 1G, +3 rating

Tom Gilbert - D

25:57 - 0P, -4 rating

Both Dustin Penner and Taylor Hall have been going back and forth in the team's goal-scoring lead of late. Tonight, Penner recorded his 14th of the season to equal Hall's total and once again bring a deadlock atop the leaderboard. At 6:02 of the first period, Penner put his team up 1-0 with a tremendous display of vision and skill. Standing behind the goal line and with Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier cheating to the other side, Penner backhanded a shot into the roof of the cage to establish the Oilers' early advantage.

Although Kings defenceman Drew Doughty hasn't had the strongest of seasons to this point, the two-way defensive dynamo showcased his excellent ability tonight en route to the Kings' 5-2 victory. What began as a relatively quiet evening for the 21-year old quickly kicked into high gear when he rocked Oilers forward Taylor Hall with a perfectly executed hit. From this point forward, Doughty continued to showcase his skill with an eventual insurance marker early in the third period to put the Oilers away.

Since his call-up from the Oklahoma City Barons, winger Liam Reddox has continued to make an impact on a nightly basis for the Oilers. Not only did Reddox record another assist tonight (making it three in his past three games with the big club), but that aforementioned impact connected with the Kings on seven separate occasions tonight. Of the team's 31 hits on the evening, Reddox accounted for a team-leading seven in 16:15 of ice-time. The fiesty forward is making the most of his opportunity by providing the Oilers with aggressive, but reliable two-way play.

It was a crunch that rocked Staples Center and Oilers rookie Taylor Hall at the same time. After receiving a pass just outside the offensive blueline, Hall attempted to break on the outside of Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. After quickly putting his head down to take the pass, Doughty stepped up and rocked Hall with a clean, shoulder impact that sent the dynamic centre to the ice. All five Oilers teammates reacted immediately and engaged the Kings in a spirited melee in defence of their prized young star.

When the Oilers and Kings meet at Staples Center, the game usually goes beyond the 60-minute bounds of regulation time. For the first time in seven consecutive meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles, the game did not end in a shootout.

"We didn’t do enough things right. It felt like the game was up for grabs and we kind of just handed it over. We had some chances on the powerplay and they got some chances off of that. It’s obviously not a good one but the good news is that we got another one less than 24 hours away and we need to get ready for that one."

Sam Gagner on the loss to the Kings

Sunday, January 16 at Anaheim
  6:00pm MT (SNET-W/ 630 CHED)

Although the Oilers were unable to carry their winning ways into Los Angeles, the team will look to get back in the win column Sunday night when Edmonton visits Anaheim.

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