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EDMONTON JOURNAL

Jim Matheson: Lacklustre Oilers come up empty against Kings

Over the last 20 games against the Kings, the Oilers have won one in regulation. This season, they were out-shot by exactly 100 shots (186-86) by the Kings, reinforcing coach Dallas Eakins’ statement Thursday morning that “there’s a laundry list of challenges when you’re playing a team primed to go very deep in the playoffs.”

Bigger, better. Lots better as the Kings outscored them 12-3 in four games.

John Mackinnon: Ryan Smyth expected to announce retirement on Friday

Asked directly about the 38-year-old Smyth’s retirement, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish would not comment, but he did not deny it was imminent. MacTavish said it would be up to Smyth to announce his own plans.

It is believed he will do so at a 2 p.m. news conference Friday, with an on-ice ceremony on Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada. Smyth deserves a special send-off as much as any Oiler in the club’s history and more than most.

EDMONTON SUN

Derek Van Diest: Los Angles Kings took Oilers out of the game early and completely

The win meant little to the Kings, who will finish third in the Pacific Division standings and face the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

But it did demonstrate the gap between them and the Oilers, who are missing the playoffs for the eighth-consecutive year.

Robert Tychkowski: Oilers reminded how much bigger and stronger they need to be to compete in division

“It seemed like every shift, whenever I got the puck there were five white guys in front of me, just a fortress,” said Hall. “They play the simplest hockey, but it works for them and the group they have.”

Even though the Kings are just playing out the string before the first round, it was still 1-0 Los Angeles 27 seconds after the opening faceoff and 2-0 at the nine-minute mark on goals by Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik.

Terry Jones: Oilers winger Ryan Smyth, expected to announce his retirement, had a great career in Edmonton

Edmonton was excited and enthused to have to old warrior back to complete his career here but with the punishment Smyth had received in his career, spitting out his “Chicklets” and coming back from “surgery” in the hall behind the bench during playoff games, what were the chances of there being a happy ending?

It is expected Smyth will announce his impending retirement at an early afternoon press conference.

OILERSNATION.COM

baggedmilk: GDB Wrap Up: Kings @ Oilers

Ryan Smyth is the personification of what it means to be an Oiler. The guy was knocked his entire career for being too slow and not nearly as skilled as his heart is big. For years Ryan Smyth was the heart and soul of the team. He was the face of the franchise with a heart of gold and work ethic to spare. Even though he’s not the player he once was, I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss his involvement in the community and passion for being an Edmonton Oiler. I only hope that his dedication to the franchise will rub off on some of the kids.

Robin Brownlee: LAST CALL: RYAN SMYTH

If the announcement does come tomorrow, I fully expect Smyth to be a mess, just as he was back at the trade deadline in 2007 when he ended up being traded to the New York Islanders by GM Kevin Lowe after contract talks stalled. Heart on his sleeve then. Same now. Smyth loves this team. He loves this city. Never a doubt about that.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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