ONE MORE TIME: This is the Edmonton Oilers’ second and final visit to STAPLES Center this season. The remaining three games between these clubs will be played at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The Kings eeked out a victory against the Oilers on October 27, winning 2-1 in a contest that was decided in a shootout.
I NEED A TEN: Mike Richards scored the Kings only goal in regulation time on October 27 against the Oilers. Richards added another goal in the shootout, as well did Anze Kopitar. Richards has been consistently solid for the Kings this season, but his goal scoring hasn’t been up to par with his reputation. Richards recorded five goals in a seven-game span in late October, early November, but has just a single goal in the Kings’ 17 games since. He does, though, have seven assists in the Kings’ last seven games.
HONEY, I’M: After four games on the road, the Kings return to Los Angeles for a four-game homestand at STAPLES Center. The Kings have had plenty of success on home ice this season, going 10-4-2 in 16 games. The Oilers have the worst road record in the entire Western Conference, going a dismal 6-11-2 away from Edmonton. Can the Kings capitalize?
CREASE CONUNDRUM: Ben Scrivens returned to duty Sunday night in Chicago after Martin Jones got the call from Darryl Sutter for five straight games. Jones went 5-0-0 with a .967 SV%, a 0.99 GAA, and two shutouts. Jones was also named the NHL’s ‘Second Star of the Week’ for his play last week. Scrivens played a solid game against the Blackhawks. Who gets the call tonight against the Oilers?
EARLY BIRD: The Kings are 16-2-2 when scoring the first goal of a contest this season. They had an early meltdown in Chicago, and put themselves up against a huge deficit early on. Can they find the scoreboard first in their return home tonight?
SAME OLD THING: Dating back to April 7, 2009, the Kings are 12-1-4 in their last 17 meetings against the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton is amidst a four-game West Coast road-swing where they’ve gone 0-2-0 so far, losing to the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks. Can the Kings make things a bit more miserable for Edmonton tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 7:00P on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center at 7:30PM.