Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 81 @ Edmonton
April 10, 2014
6:30pm PST (9:30pm EST)
After clinching a playoff spot for the fifth-straight season, the Los Angeles Kings embarked on their final road trip of the season, starting out with three-straight losses. On Thursday, they hope to salvage something from their mini-tour as they visit Rexall Place to take on the Edmonton Oilers.
This is the fourth and final meeting between the Kings and Oilers this season with Los Angeles winning all three of the previous meetings. The most recent meeting occurred last month, March 9, in Edmonton when Jonathan Quick and the Kings won by a 4-2 score. This time, Martin Jones will be manning the net for the silver-and-black as Quick just played the previous night in Calgary.
While they have lost three-in-a-row, the Kings certainly can take some consolation in the fact that they rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to extend their contest in Calgary to a shootout. The Kings may have lost in said shootout but at least they were able to show their fans that they haven't completely checked out since clinching their playoff berth.
The Kings simply look to sweep the season series against their new divisional rivals - and they have plenty of outlets from Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar up front to Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez on the back end. But former King Ben Scrivens will be a formidable force in goal for the Oilers as the Kings look to win despite his heroics.
It's their last road game of the season and despite their last three results, the Kings are still a very respectable 22-15-4 away from Staples Center. Ending things with a win would be a very nice touch. We'll see if the Kings can do just that in Oil Country.
Enjoy the game!