Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Oilers Will Play The Kings In The First Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Edmonton Oilers will play the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Oilers (50-23-9) will hold home-ice advantage in the best-of-7 series to clinch second place in the Pacific Division. The Kings (47-25-10) finished in third place.

Game 1 will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday (TBD).

The teams split their four regular-season games, with the Kings winning 3–1 on November 16 in Edmonton and 6–3 on January 9 in Los Angeles. The Oilers won 2–0 at home on March 30 and won 3–1. Los Angeles April 4.

Leon Draisital led the Oilers with four points (one goal, three assists) against the Kings and Connor McDavid (two goals, one assist) and Evan Bouchard (three assists) each had three points.

Stuart Skinner started all four games and was 2–1–0 with a .950 save percentage and 1.78 goals against average and Jack Campbell allowed two goals on 11 shots in his only appearance on January 9.

Viktor Arvidsson led the Kings with six points (two goals, four assists) against the Oilers and Trevor Moore (three goals, one assist) and Kevin Fiala (two goals, two assists) each had four points.

Phoenix Copley was 1–1–0 with a 2.51 GAA and .921 save percentage and Jonas Korpisalo lost his only start, allowing two goals on March 30. Corpisalo was acquired on March 1 in a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets for goaltender Jonathan Quick. ,

Cal Peterson, who is currently in the American Hockey League, made 22 saves in the November 16 win.

This would be the ninth time the Oilers and Kings have met in the playoffs. Edmonton has won six of the eight series, including the last four. The Oilers defeated the Kings in seven games in the Western Conference First Round last season.

The Oilers are in the pennant for the fourth straight season and fifth time in the last seven seasons. Prior to this, the Oilers had missed the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons.

The Kings are in the off season for the second consecutive season after missing the last three seasons.

The Oilers were led by McDavid, who had 153 points (64 goals, 89 assists), Draitsel, who had 128 points (52 goals, 76 assists), and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had 104 points (37 goals, 67 assists). . It was the first time since Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995–96 that three teammates scored at least 100 points in a season.

Skinner (29-14-5, 2.75 GAA, .914 save percentage in 50 games) led the rookies in victories. Campbell was 21–9–4 with a 3.41 GAA and .888 save percentage.

The Kings were led by Anj Kopitar, who had 74 points (28 goals, 46 assists), and Fiala, who had 73 points (23 goals, 49 assists).

Copley was 24–6–3 with a 2.64 GAA and a .903 save percentage in 35 games (24 starts). Corpisalo was 6-3-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .926 save percentage in 10 games with the Kings.

The Oilers have won the Stanley Cup five times, the last in 1990.

The Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

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