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Edmonton Oilers beat Los Angeles Kings 5-3
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Los Angeles Kings
10-7-1 (2nd in Pacific Division)
9-7-0 (4th in Metropolitan Division)
Kevin Fiala (18)
Connor McDavid (32)
Gabriel Vilardi (10)
Connor McDavid (15)
Kevin Fiala (12)
Leon Draisaitl (19)
Gabriel Vilardi (3)
Cody Ceci (6)
Trevor Moore (3.06)
Shots (Per Game)
Connor McDavid (4.0)
The Los Angeles Kings will travel north of the border to face the Edmonton Oilers in the game of the day. There are only three games on slate today, and this is the one to watch. The Kings lost their last game 6-5 but were on a four-game winning streak before that. On the other side, the Oilers have won two of their last three games but lost the three before that.
The Kings’ roster is difficult to read this season. They average 3.33 goals per game and have scored nine goals in the last two games. However, their defense and goaltending have been anything but reliable. Los Angeles is giving up 3.50 goals per game, and both of their goaltenders have been unreliable.
The Kings have many impactful players but Kevin Fiala, Gabriel Vilardi, and Anze Kopitar have been the most influential. Kevin Fiala has been on a tear this year. The winger has six goals, 12 assists, and is coming off a one-goal, one-assist game. Fiala often shares the ice with Gabriel Vilardi. Vilardi turned a corner this season and is performing at a much higher level than expected. The 23-year-old center leads the Kings with ten goals and has five assists. Veteran Anze Kopitar is the final player on this list. Kopitar is 35 years old and still plays over 20 minutes a game. The center has three goals and 14 assists.
As I mentioned above, the Kings’ goaltenders have been unreliable. Jonathan Quick is playing most of the games and giving up 3.07 goals per game. As bad as that sounds, backup Cal Petersen has been much worse. Petersen has played in six games and is giving up 4.06 goals per game. Both of these netminders are liabilities for the Kings. Los Angeles may have to trade for a better goalie if they want a chance at a deep playoff run.
The Oilers are in a similar situation to the Kings. They have a high-powered offense but a lackluster defense. Their goaltending has also been problematic and the cause of many opposing teams’ goals.
The Oilers have two of the top centers in the NHL in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Connor McDavid leads the NHL in goals (15) and points (32). In case that was not enough, McDavid is tied for the fourth-most assists (17). Leon Draisaitl is playing similarly well and has nine goals and 19 assists. His 19 assists and 28 points are the second-most in the league.
The Oilers have an interesting goaltending situation. Jack Campbell is the primary goaltender, but Stuart Skinner also plays quite a bit. Campbell had an excellent season last year but is giving up 4.27 goals per game. With that being said, Skinner has been excellent and is only giving up 2.53 goals per game. If Campbell continues his poor play, Skinner will take over as the #1 netminder.
These teams have many similarities, but the Oilers will win this battle. Edmonton is playing at home and has the best centers in the NHL. That will be enough to push them to victory.
The Kings are coming in as underdogs but can come out on top with strong goaltending and defense.
The Kings are not known for having solid goaltenders and defensemen. This is problematic because it is exactly what they need today. The Kings need to up their game to limit Edmonton’s scoring.
The Oilers are the favorites and will win if they get the home crowd on their side and score a power play goal.
The Oilers may have the advantage, but they will need all the help they can get. They must get their home crowd on their side quickly. They can do this by scoring first, playing aggressively, or getting big hits. It does not matter how Edmonton does it, as long as it gets done.
The Oilers have the third-best power play unit in the league and convert almost ⅓ of their opportunities. This unit needs to get on the ice as much as possible and score at least one goal.
Gabriel Vilardi is having an excellent season but has been off in his last three games. Vilardi has not scored or assisted any goals in this time, and that is a problem. The Kingston, Ontario native needs to return to form and find ways to help his team.
Evan Bouchard has five assists but a +/- of -6. He has struggled to make a positive impact on his team, and that needs to change. Bouchard has to be smarter and become an asset to the Oilers.
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What - Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers
Where - Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
When - Wednesday, November 16, 10:00 PM EST
How to Watch - TNT
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