Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers Game Preview 11/16/2022

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Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers Game Preview 11/16/2022

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Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers Game Preview 11/16/2022

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The Kings head North to Edmonton for a first-round rematch with the Oilers. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. EST.

Los Angeles is 10-7-1 in its first 18 games and had its four-game winning streak snapped last time out in Calgary. LA’s 21 points place them second in the Pacific Division. The Kings are led in scoring by Gabriel Vilardi who has 10 tallies thus far. Los Angeles has nine players in double-digit points. Newly acquired Kevin Fiala leads all LA skaters with 18 points in as many games. Goaltending has been a bit of an issue for the Kings in the early going. Backup netminder Cal Petersen has been awful, while starter Johnathan Quick has been inconsistent. The veteran is 6-5-1 with a 3.09 goals against average and an .895 save percentage in 13 games.

Another year for the Oilers and it’s the same strengths and weaknesses as before: a strong offense a weak defense. Edmonton’s offense is led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid’s 15 goals and 32 points lead the NHL in both categories, while Draisaitl’s 28 points are second best in the league. Newly acquired netminder Jack Campbell has been straight up bad to start his Oiler career. The 30-year-old is 6-4-0 with a 4.27 GAA and an .873 SV% in 10 games. Backup Stuart Skinner has been solid, though. Skinner is 3-3-0 with a 2.53 GAA and a .932 SV% in seven games. These performances have the Oilers at 9-7-0 and fourth place in the Pacific.

The Kings and Oilers met 11 total times last season. The Oilers took three of four regular season matchups before eliminating LA in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Tonight’s probable goaltenders are Quick for Los Angeles and Campbell for Edmonton.

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