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The Los Angeles Kings will play game three of their first-round matchup against the Edmonton Oilers tonight coming off a 5-4 overtime win in game two to even the series at a game apiece.

 Los Angeles Kings (1-1-0) vs. Edmonton Oilers (1-0-1)

When: Friday, April 26
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
TV: TBS

Scoring Leaders

(2023-24 Regular Season Stats)

Los Angeles Kings

Points: Adrian Kempe – 75
Goals: Trevor Moore – 31
Assists: Adrian Kempe – 47

Edmonton Oilers

Points: Connor McDavid – 132
Goals: Zach Hyman – 54
Assists: Connor McDavid – 100

Expected Line Combinations

Los Angeles Kings

Quinton Byfield – Anze Kopitar – Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore – Phillip Danault – Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Laferriere – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Kevin Fiala
Carl Grundstrom – Blake Lizotte – Trevor Lewis
Mikey Anderson – Drew Doughty
Vladislav Gavrikov – Matt Roy
Andreas Englund – Jordan Spence

Edmonton Oilers

Adam Henrique – Connor McDavid – Zach Hyman
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Leon Draisitl – Warren Foegele
Evander Kane – Ryan McLeod – Corey Perry
Dylan Holloway – Sam Carrick – Mattias Janmark
Mattias Ekholm – Evan Bouchard
Darnell Nurse – Cody Ceci
Brett Kulak – Vincent Desharnais

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By The Numbers:

League Ranking

Los Angeles Kings

PP%: 0.0 (15)
PK%: 42.9 (15)
GF P/G: 4.50 (3)
GA P/G: 5.50 (15)
Faceoff %: 46.6 (12)

Edmonton Oilers

PP%: 57.1 (2)
PK%: 100.0 (1)
GF P/G: 5.50 (1)
GA P/G: 4.50 (13)
Faceoff %: 53.4 (5)

Kings Player to Watch: Anze Kopitar  

Kopitar through the first two games has three points with all of those coming in game two on a goal and two assists. In the regular season in 81 games, he had 70 points on 26 goals and 44 assists. He had 23 points on the power play on nine goals and 14 assists. He was third on the Kings in points and assists and was fourth in goals.

Kopitar’s Line Assignments

Kempe will be on the top line with Adrian Kempe and Quinton Byfield. He will also play on the top power-play unit with Kempe, Viktor Arvidsson, Kevin Fiala, and Drew Doughty.

Kopitar’s career vs. Oilers

Kopitar in his career against Edmonton has played in 69 games recording 62 points on 17 goals and 45 assists. In the four matchups during the regular season, he had three points in four games all coming on assists.

Between The Pipes

Los Angeles: Cam Talbot (1-1-0, 4.96 GAA)

Talbot started the first two games and he is posting a 4.96 goals-against average as well as a .867 save percentage; in game two he stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced. In his career against the Oilers, he is 5-3-1 giving up 24 goals on 297 shots including the first two games.

Edmonton: Stuart Skinner (1-0-1, 4.42 GAA)

Skinner has played in both games posting a 4.42 goals against average and a .857 save percentage; in game two he allowed five goals on 26 shots. In his career against the Kings, he is 6-2-1 giving up 23 goals on 307 shots.

Wrap Up

The Kings will look to take control of the series tonight on home ice. They will need to be physical and feed off the crowd noise which if they score first will do just that for them and the Crypto.com arena will erupt.

We Got The Jack Inside The Rink

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