The Edmonton Oilers close out an eight-game home stand Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s the Oilers longest home stand of the season and an usually lengthy one for any NHL team.
“It was nice for me especially. I’m by myself. I can actually grocery shop for longer than two days,” joked defenceman Adam Larsson.
All kidding aside, this is another big game in the Oilers push to nail down a playoff spot. Their magic number is 13 points, meaning any combination of points the Oilers get and the Kings don’t get puts Edmonton into the post-season. A regulation time win over the Kings would push the number down to nine.
“They create a lot of opportunities in and around the blue paint,” head coach Todd McLellan said of the Kings. “We’re better equipped because we have more experience there.”
McLellan didn’t commit to any lineup changes, though based on the morning stake, Eric Gryba could be in for Matthew Benning on defence.
The Oilers are 1-1 against the Kings so far this season. Catch the game on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. (jrw)