The Edmonton Oilers (43-23-9) welcome the Los Angeles Kings (43-21-10) at Rogers Place on Thursday. Los Angeles is coming off a 2-1 loss against the Flames on Tuesday, ending a run of three consecutive wins.
The Kings conceded a power play goal while failing to take advantage of their own limited power play opportunities. Sean Durzi was the only player to find the net for the Kings.
Joonas Korpisalo had a terrific performance with 30 saves (.937%) in the loss. Edmonton beat the Golden Knights 7-4 on Tuesday. Seven players found the net for the Oilers.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored and provided four assists to lead the team in scoring. Stuart Skinner stopped only 18 of 22 shots (.818%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Kings have won both games between the teams this season, including a 6-3 victory in their most recent meeting in January. Kevin Fiala led Los Angeles with four points (2G 2A). Evan Bouchard led Edmonton with two points (0G 2A). Pheonix Copley got the win, saving 28 of 31 shots (.903%).
Los Angeles is averaging 3.42 goals per game for the season, eighth in the NHL, and they are taking on an Oilers team that is allowing 3.33 goals a game (22nd).
Meanwhile, Edmonton has found the net 3.97 times a game on average, first in the league, and the Kings are allowing opponents to score 3.18 goals per game (16th).
The Oilers’ 33.07% power play percentage is the best in the league, while Los Angeles’ 25.51% conversion rate ranks fourth. In terms of defending power plays, Edmonton has the league’s 21st-ranked PK% at 75.97%, while Los Angeles is 23rd at 75.40%.
Fiala and Anze Kopitar have been the top skaters for the Kings this season with 70 and 66 points. In the net, Copley (23-4-3) is Los Angeles’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.72 GAA and a .899% save percentage.
Connor McDavid leads the Oilers and the league in scoring with 143 points. His 60 goals and 83 assists are both league bests. Skinner (24-14-5) has the best goals against average for Edmonton at 2.95. He has a save percentage of .908%.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is 18-12-6 away from Crypto.com Arena this season. Edmonton is 20-12-6 at Rogers Place this season.
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