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Oilers chase first win of road trip against Kings

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 7:03 PM


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Oilers chase first win of road trip against Kings
Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

OILERS (11-21-3) at KINGS (22-8-4)


Last 10: Edmonton 4-5-1; Los Angeles 7-1-2

Season series: This is the second of four games between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. The Kings won the first, 2-1 in a shootout on Oct. 27 behind 17 saves from Jonathan Quick.

Big story: Los Angeles begins a four-game homestand -- the Kings are 10-4-2 at home this season -- while Edmonton has the worst road record in the Western Conference at 6-11-2.

Team scope:

Oilers: The Oilers look for their first win on a difficult four-game road trip in Los Angeles, with one more game to follow at the Colorado Avalanche. They lost the first two games of the trip to the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, the latter a 3-2 loss on Sunday.

"You are always disappointed when you lose, but I can't find a whole lot wrong with our game there," coach Dallas Eakins said after the loss. "I find that when we're up against the really good teams, the ones we see are at the top of the League, we seem real focused and ready."

The Oilers were outshot 34-27, but allowed the game-winning goal with under four minutes left in the third period.

"We played well for the most part, but you have to find a way to win," forward Sam Gagner, who had one of the goals for the Oilers, said after the game. "You've got to find a way to at least get to overtime."

Kings: The red-hot Kings' six-game winning streak came to an end Sunday with a 3-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Only a late third-period goal prevented the Kings from being shut out for the second time this season.

"Definitely not the start that we wanted. It's hard when you play catch-up, especially three goals. It's quite a bit to overcome against that kind of team. It's no secret that we lost the game in the first period," forward Anze Kopitar said after the loss.

Chicago scored three first-period goals. Los Angeles isn't used to playing from behind, and wasn't able to respond.

"Well, you can't chase the lead against a team that's … what are they, 30 or 40 goals ahead of everybody else in the League? Pretty tough to chase the lead," coach Darryl Sutter said.

Who's hot: Jordan Eberle has two goals and four points in three games for the Oilers. Taylor Hall has five goals and three assists in six games. … Jeff Carter has three goals and six points in six games for the Kings and Slava Voynov has three assists in four games.

Injury report: Forward Ales Hemsky (bruised ribs) did not play Sunday and is questionable. … Goalie Jonathan Quick (groin) and center Colin Fraser (concussion) are on IR for the Kings.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 10 '14 LAK 3 at EDM 0 A. Kopitar
Mar 09 '14 LAK 4 at EDM 2 J. Carter
Dec 17 '13 EDM 0 at LAK 3 D. King
Oct 27 '13 EDM 1 at LAK 2 - SO A. Kopitar
J. Eberle36111829-5622
T. Hall29121628-10830
D. Perron32141327-43461
R. Nugent-Hopkins3481725-10622
A. Hemsky3561218-101211
M. Arcobello3131316-2611
N. Yakupov345712-241640
S. Gagner234812-16401
J. Schultz283912-131000
B. Gordon305611-101010
R. Smyth264711-91620
J. Petry34257-111600
P. Larsen15156-6600
A. Ference36235-54300
A. Belov31055-82400
R. Jones23224-11701
W. Acton23213-11400
N. Schultz34033-51600
C. Potter9033-11900
J. Joensuu20202-131010
T. Fedun4202-1000
L. Gazdic29112+16900
L. Smid17112-61600
T. Pitlick3101+0000
B. Eager7011+1200
D. Grebeshkov7011+0200
M. Brown8000+11900
A. Lander5000+0000
M. Marincin2000+0200
R. Hamilton2000-2000
L. Omark1000-1000
D. Dubnyk279-14-2787153.39.891
I. Bryzgalov61-3-0111712.30.936
J. LaBarbera71-3-0191463.28.870
R. Bachman30-2-17833.02.916
A. Kopitar35111829+161254
M. Richards3562127+51022
J. Williams35111122+122631
J. Carter259918+2622
D. Doughty3561218+123631
D. King359615+81002
T. Toffoli218715+11204
S. Voynov3531114+41800
J. Muzzin3021214+62810
D. Brown357512+142810
J. Stoll314812+52410
J. Nolan28538+32701
M. Frattin26246-7910
K. Clifford26325+74200
A. Martinez25235+7400
M. Greene17235+7800
L. Vey14055+1000
R. Regehr35044+81600
W. Mitchell33044+62800
D. Carcillo25112-15701
T. Pearson6101-1010
C. Fraser17011-31800
T. Lewis26000-4400
J. Quick1610-5-0373882.35.905
B. Scrivens167-3-4233891.66.941
M. Jones66-0-051770.82.972