The Edmonton Oilers long playoff drought can finally end Tuesday night if they beat the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place.
“I think it’s more excitement than nerves. It’s a big night. It’s a long time coming for this city,” said goaltender Cam Talbot.
The Oilers haven’t been in the post-season since 2006. They lead the Kings by 14 points and are also focused on outlasting Anaheim, Calgary, and San Jose for the Pacific Division’s top seed.
“L.A. is a tough team. They’re desperate, and they’re going to be fighting,” said captain Connor McDavid. “We know what’s at stake. The fans have been through a lot, but we’ll clinch and then we’ll talk about that.”
“They’re not going anywhere tonight, and they’re not going anywhere from now until the end of the season. I know that. We have a lot of work to do. We have to put some points in the bank if we want to make that happen,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “We have to continue to build and get better as we go.”
Defenceman Matthew Benning took the morning skate but isn’t expected to play. He took a shot off the knee Saturday against Colorado. The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Pouliot – Desharnais – Kassian
Caggiula – Letestu – Slepyshev
Sekera – Russell
Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Gryba
Draisaitl and McDavid are both riding seven-game point streaks.
The Oilers and Kings are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. (jrw)