Game 38 Preview: Los Angeles at Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (18-12-7) at Edmonton Oilers (7-22-7)
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. PT
Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
Referees: #36 Dean Morton, #27 Eric Furlatt
Linesmen: #54 Greg Devorski, #94 Bryan Pancich
FOX Sports West, KABC 790 AM

Los Angeles Kings v Edmonton Oilers

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Martin Jones
2014-15: 8 GP (7 GS) / 3-3-1 record / 2.04 GAA / .921 Sv% / 2 SHO
Career vs Edmonton: 2 (2) / 2-0-0 / 0.00 / 1.000 / 2
Last Game vs Edmonton: 4/10/14 / 60 MP / 17-17 shots / 3-0 W
2014-15, Away: 5 (5) / 2-2-1 / 2.37 / .908 / 2

Edmonton Projected Starting Goaltender – Ben Scrivens
2014-15: 27 GP (23 GS) / 5-13-5 record / 3.16 GAA / .892 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 2 (1) / 0-1-0 / 4.09 / .892 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 10/14/14 / 44 MP / 12-15 shots / 1-6 L
2014-15, Home: 17 (16) / 5-9-2 / 2.98 / .897 / 1

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2014-15 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Jeff Carter (10-17=27)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (12-14=26)
Assists: Drew Doughty (3-18=21)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+16; 12-14=26)
Penalty Minutes: Matt Greene (38; 2-1=3)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (29:05; 3-18=21)
Corsi-For Percentage: Trevor Lewis (59.1%; 6-4=10)

2014-15 Edmonton Leaders
Total Points: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10-13=23)
Goals: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10-13=23), Taylor Hall (10-11=21)
Assists: Jordan Eberle (6-14=20)
Plus/Minus: Keith Aulie (+2; 0-0=0)
Penalty Minutes: Matt Hendricks (32; 2-5=7), Keith Aulie (32; 0-0=0)
Time On Ice: Justin Schultz (21:33; 3-12=15)
Corsi-For Percentage: Jeff Petry (52.9%; 3-5=8)

Los Angeles Kings v Edmonton Oilers

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 18 / 2.70; EDM – 27 / 2.11
Goals Against/Game: LAK – t-6 / 2.35; EDM – 30 / 3.42
Power Play: LAK – 9 / 20.3%; EDM – 29 / 12.0%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 16 / 80.5%; EDM – 17 / 80.4%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-6 / 31.4; EDM – 25 / 28.4
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 13 / 28.7; EDM – t-17 / 29.6
Faceoffs: LAK – t-11 / 50.9%; EDM – 19 / 49.0%
Save Percentage: LAK – 7 / .918; EDM – 20 / .885
Corsi-For Percentage: LAK – 3 / 54.0%; EDM – 17 / 50.2%

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown – Jarret Stoll – Justin Williams
Tanner Pearson – Trevor Lewis – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Mike Richards – Dwight King

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene
Brayden McNabb – Jamie McBain

Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Level of confidence in projected lines: C. The only Kings to participate in a morning skate earlier today were Marian Gaborik and Martin Jones. Gaborik was hopeful that he’d be able to re-enter the lineup and should be expected to slot opposite Jeff Carter on Anze Kopitar’s line. Because Jones faced shots earlier today and Jonathan Quick started the first night of a back-to-back set in Calgary, Jones is projected as tonight’s starter. He defeated Edmonton in his last appearance at Rexall Place, a 17-save shutout on April 10, 2014. Brayden McNabb may re-enter the lineup tonight in place of Jeff Schultz.

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 73-79-38 all-time against Edmonton, a record that includes an away mark of 35-43-11. The Kings are on a 12-game point streak (10-0-2) at Rexall Place and haven’t lost a road game in regulation to the Oilers since February 28, 2008. … The Kings have won a franchise-record seven straight games overall against the Oilers and have recorded points in a franchise record 11 straight games (9-0-2) since a 3-0 home setback on November 3, 2011.… After tonight’s game, the teams will meet on March 3 and April 7 in Edmonton and April 2 in Los Angeles. … Los Angeles has out-shot Edmonton 212-118 over their last five games. … The Kings are 12-6-4 against the Western Conference and 6-2-3 against the Pacific Division. … Los Angeles has a 57.6% Corsi-for rating in five-on-five play over the last 17 games (903 CF / 666 CA). … Los Angeles has averaged 3.00 goals per game over their last 23 games (69 GF / 23 GP) and has allowed 2.65 goals per game over their last 16 games (45 GA / 17 GP). … They haven’t been outshot over the last 13 games (6-5-2) and have averaged 34.8 shots per game over that span (453 shots / 13 GP). Opposing goalies have posted a .921 save percentage over that span (417 saves / 453 shots). … While the Kings rank second in the NHL with a home power play percentage of 27.4%, their road power play ranks 25th at 10.9%. While their home penalty killing is tied for seventh at 86.2%, they rank 27th on the road at 74.1%. Los Angeles is 4-8-5 in away games this season. … Marian Gaborik has points in his past six straight games played (7-3=10). The streak ties Justin Williams’ streak from November 15-26 as the longest point streak by a King this season. … Trevor Lewis is on a career-long four-game point streak (2-2=4). …Tyler Toffoli has goals in two straight games (2-0=2) for the fourth time in his career. Toffoli has 12 goals this season which ties his career high in 2013-14. … With 29 career game-winning goals, Anze Kopitar is tied for fourth place on the club’s all-time list with Rob Blake and Dustin Brown. … Jamie McBain has 98 career points (27-71=98), he is two points shy of 100 in his career. … Jeff Carter has eight points (3-5=8) in the last six games.

Los Angeles Kings v Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Projected Lines

Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov – Derek Roy – Teddy Purcell
David Perron – Leon Draisaitl – Matt Fraser
Matt Hendricks – Boyd Gordon – Tyler Pitlick

Oscar Klefbom – Mark Fayne
Nikita Nikitin – Justin Schultz
Andrew Ference – Jeff Petry

Ben Scrivens
Viktor Fasth

Notes and milestones: Lines via NHL.com correspondent Derek Van Diest  … Forwards Derek Roy and Matt Fraser are expected to make their Oilers debuts. … Roy was acquired yesterday from Nashville in exchange for Mark Arcobello. … Fraser was claimed off waivers from Boston yesterday. … Justin Schultz is on a two-game points streak (1-1=2) and has four points (1-3=4) in his last five games. … Taylor Hall has seven points (3-4=7) in 12 career games against Los Angeles. … Todd Nelson is looking for his first win as the Oilers head coach since his promotion on December 15. … Ben Scrivens has played in 99 career NHL games. His next game will be his 10

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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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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