In what could potentially be a first-round playoff matchup, the LA Kings travel to Edmonton to start a crucial stretch of their schedule. Los Angeles currently holds a two-point lead over the Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division standings, so tonight’s game is kinda important.

Tale of the Tape

Power-play:

LAK: 17.0% (28th)

EDM: 26.4% (3rd)

Penalty Kill:

LAK: 75.4% (24th)

EDM: 76.6% (21st)

Faceoffs:

LAK: 53.1% (5th)

EDM: 51.9% (7th)

Goals per game:

LAK: 2.84 (20th)

EDM: 3.43 (7th)

Goals against per game:

LAK: 2.81 (9th)

EDM: 3.22 (22nd)

Top scorers:

LAK: Anze Kopitar – 17 goals, 40 assists, 57 points

EDM: Connor McDavid – 36 goals, 62 assists, 98 points

Betting Odds

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Kings Odds +165
Oilers Odds -195
Over/Under 6.5
Time 6:30 pm PT
TV TVAS, SN1, SNW, ESPN+

Projected Lineups

Here’s how the Kings aligned in Monday’s 6-1 loss to Seattle:

If you recall, Todd McLellan put the forward lines into the blender at the start of the second period. However, the Kings returned to their normal alignment in Tuesday’s practice, per LA Kings Insider.

None of the injured players made the trip, which means Blake Lizotte and Brendan Lemieux will not be returning to the lineup until at least next Monday. Hopefully, more will join them.

With Cal Petersen getting the back-to-back in the recent two-game goalie rotation, expect Jonathan Quick between the pipes against Edmonton.

All-time, the 36-year-old has a 24-9-5 record with a .924 SV%, 2.02 GAA, and three shutouts in 38 career games against Edmonton.

It will be interesting to see if McLellan breaks the two-game rotation, given the back-to-back with Calgary on Thursday.

Here’s how the Oilers lined up in Monday’s 6-1 win over Arizona:

Edmonton has won seven straight on home ice, and they’ve been outscoring opponents like crazy:

The LA Kings and Oilers get underway from Rogers Place, with puck drop set for 6:30 pm PT.

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