If the Edmonton Oilers are supposed to be rolling over and providing easy opposition these days, someone forgot to tell them. The Oilers are in 14th place in the Western Conference, but they have a 5-1-2 record in their last eight games. Well before that, the Oilers have been giving the Kings fits this season. The Kings have lost both games to the Oilers this season, and have scored exactly one goal in 123 minutes, 6 seconds. That’s part of the reason that Darryl Sutter was in no mood to entertain questions about facing an Edmonton team that is far out of the playoff picture.
SUTTER: “It really hasn’t bothered them the last two weeks. They’ve had one of the best records in the league. … Put it this way: they have a lot of skill and they’re a high-scoring team. My only recollection of the Oilers is the last time we played in here, and then talking to Johnny (Stevens) about how poorly the team played against them earlier in the year. That would be my take on it. What was the score earlier in the year? We got shut out. So that would be my take on (tonight’s game).’’
Nikolai Khabibulin, who shut out the Kings in that aforementioned game, is scheduled to get the start in goal for the Oilers.