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Oilers visit the Staples Center to take on Los Angeles

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM
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Oilers visit the Staples Center to take on Los Angeles
Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

LINEUP UPDATES: Sam Gagner will not play tonight. He has been held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons due to a mild concussion... Moving into the forward ranks due to Gagner's injury is Jason Strudwick. He will play on the fourth line with Liam Reddox and Zack Stortini... Marc Pouliot moves up to the second line with Andrew Cogiano and Rob Schremp... Mathieu Garon starts in goal.

EDMONTON OILERS (11-11-2) at


Start Time: 8:38 p.m. MST

Television: Rogers Sportsnet West (HD)

Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.Today's Game Notes  by Marc Ciampa | edmontonoilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers continue their string of back-to-back games on the road when they open a California version tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. Edmonton visits San Jose tomorrow night.

Each of the last 10 OIlers road games has been either the first or second game of a doubleheader. Edmonton's record during that stretch is six wins and four losses. It all comes to an end after this weekend as the Oilers will only play three road games in their next 15. They also won't leave the country again until January 15 against Washington.

Overall, the Oilers have won three and lost three in their last six as they have bounced around the .500 mark. If the club is looking to make a move, the Los Angeles Kings are a team that they would like to beat.

The Kings have 23 points currently and are tied for 13th place in the Western Conference - five points back of eighth-place Nashville. Edmonton is in 11th spot with one more point than the Kings at 24.

Los Angeles is coming off back-to-back wins but haven't played since a 5-2 win over Chicago on November 29.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Kings won at Rexall Place by a score of 2-1 on November 26.

Just The Facts...

The Answers

Pre-Game Video...

Bob Stauffer and Louie DeBrusk discuss tonight's game vs. the Kings Pre-game comments from Jason Strudwick, Ethan Moreau, Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid, Mathieu Garon & Craig MacTavish Bob Stauffer talks to Sam Gagner about missing tonight's game The Other Side: Daryl Evans with John Zeiler The Other Side: Kings Head Coach Terry Murray

Pre-Game Audio...

Andrew Cogliano Ladislav Smid Jason Strudwick Ethan Moreau Mathieu Garon Craig MacTavish 

Sam Gagner Injury Update Bob Stauffer and Louie DeBrusk preview tonight's game vs. LA 

Thursday's Audio:  Dec. 4: Lubomir Visnovsky  

 Dec. 4: Mathieu Garon  

 Dec. 4: Shawn Horcoff  

 Dec. 4: Craig MacTavish  

News Update...

Skills Competition Coming January 4th - The Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition Powered by McDonald’s returns to Rexall Place Sunday January 4th at 1:00 pm. ...more

The Other Side - From LAKings.com

Kings Notebook (Dec. 4) - Denis Gauthier completed his first practice since taking a shot off his right foot on Saturday and declared himself "available" for tomorrow's game vs. Edmonton..that note and more in today's Kings Notebook.  ...more Tom Preissing Blog Returns - In his fifth entry, Tom Preissing talks about turning 30, being a role model and the last two tough Kings games. ...more Young D continues to develop - Kings defensive prospects Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp from December 11-14, further proof of the organization's young talent on the blueline. ...more

Odds and Ends

My Five with Steve MacIntyre - Not sure which province Steve MacIntyre calls home? Well, the answer is fairly obvious once you read his Top 5 in four categories, including athletes and North American cities. ...more Ask an Oiler: Steve Staios answers your questions - Steve Staios recently took the time to answer questions from Oilers fans in this most recent edition of Ask an Oiler. Follow the link or click the play button above to watch the video. ...more

From the Wire (AP)

The last time the Los Angles Kings faced the Edmonton Oilers, Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera made his first start in 25 days and responded with his first win in more than a month.

Given LaBarbera's success against the Oilers, the Kings could look to him again Friday at home versus Edmonton.

LaBarbera has a 4-6-1 record and is 1-3-1 in the past six starts. Against the Oilers, however, the he is 4-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and made 23 saves against them in a 2-1 victory Nov. 26.

Also, the Kings goalie has split time with Erik Ersberg in the last four games. Ersberg suffered a 4-2 defeat Tuesday at Phoenix, and it would be LaBarbera's turn if Los Angeles continues the rotation.

LaBarbera came into this season as the Kings starter with Ersberg as the backup, but the roles were reversed by last month as LaBarbera got off to a slow start. Ersberg, though, has gone 1-2-1 in his last four starts with a 3.36 GAA and couldn't protect a pair of one-goal leads in Tuesday's defeat.

The Kings, who are 2-3-1 over their last six, also blew an early lead in a 3-1 loss to Toronto the night before, and lost an early one-goal lead Saturday to Chicago before rallying for a 5-2 win.

"Two games in a row we've blown a one-goal lead in the third," captain Dustin Brown said. "We fell asleep."

Alexander Frolov scored for the fifth time in the last six games, but was benched during the third period for a defensive lapse that led to the game-tying goal. Frolov, who has a three-game goal-scoring streak and a team-high 10 goals, has not recorded a point in his last four games against Edmonton.

The Oilers (11-11-2) have also struggled of late, going 3-5-1 in their last nine. Like the Kings, they turned to a former starting goalie for the first time in weeks Wednesday against Dallas.

Mathieu Garon, making his first start since being pulled in a 5-4 defeat at Pittsburgh on Nov. 6, stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 5-2 win.

"It was good to come back," Garon said. "It's been a while since I played and since I got a start. I worked really hard in the last two or three weeks to be ready for that game."

Garon started five of Edmonton's first seven games and won his first three. He then lost his next four decisions and was pulled after allowing five goals in 33:03 at Pittsburgh. The slump cost him as both Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers and Dwayne Roloson moved ahead of him on the depth chart.

Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's game, extending his points streak to six games. Hemsky, the team's leader with 26 points, has six goals and 10 assists in his last 10 meetings with Los Angeles.

The Kings are 4-1-1 in their last six game versus the Oilers and 2-0-2 in the last four at the Staples Center.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 07 '09 LAK 2 at EDM 1 W. Simmonds
Feb 14 '09 EDM 3 at LAK 2 - SO S. Gagner
Dec 05 '08 EDM 5 at LAK 4 - SO A. Hemsky
Nov 26 '08 LAK 2 at EDM 1 A. Kopitar
A. Hemsky2581927+3621
S. Souray2481220+63440
S. Horcoff2571118+62130
A. Cogliano258614+01021
L. Visnovsky255914+52031
E. Moreau256612+24301
T. Gilbert2521012+21010
D. Penner236511+91213
D. Grebeshkov2211011+11400
E. Cole25358-22910
R. Nilsson23358-51221
M. Pouliot25336+0202
F. Pisani16246-2400
S. Gagner23156-3810
K. Brodziak23415+0400
J. Strudwick22033-41300
R. Schremp2033+2200
S. Staios23112-22600
L. Smid11022+11500
L. Reddox9101-1600
Z. Stortini15000-45600
S. MacIntyre10000-12400
J. Boulerice2000+0000
T. Sestito1000+0000
T. Peckham1000-21700
M. Garon105-5-0312873.29.892
D. Roloson114-4-2293442.82.916
J. Deslauriers63-2-0151772.73.915
A. Frolov2511819+11240
A. Kopitar2561319-31211
D. Brown258816-33212
K. Quincey2221315+61612
M. Handzus256814-31211
J. Stoll258513+62240
P. O'Sullivan247613+9410
O. Moller245712-11440
D. Doughty25358+01611
T. Preissing19347-5620
K. Calder20246+11710
P. Harrold18066-5600
S. O'Donnell25055-13300
M. Greene25044+33500
W. Simmonds25123-32400
D. Armstrong16112-81501
D. Gauthier22022-72300
B. Boyle14101-71200
M. Moulson7101-4201
B. Richardson9011+1700
R. Ivanans25000-94500
J. Zeiler3000+01900
J. Johnson2000-3200
E. Ersberg156-5-2333072.52.893
J. LaBarbera144-6-2333322.70.901