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SPORTS

PAST

(5-0) edm 4 , sTL 2 edm 3, CoL 1 edm 2, Was 1 edm 3, vaN 2 edm 2, Nyr 0

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Edmonton Oilers (7-2-2) vs. L.A. Kings (6-3-2)
Tonight, 8:30 p.m. STAPLES CENTRE TV: SNetW RADIO: 630 CHED

Game Day
OILERS GAMEDAY LINES
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Ryan Smith Shawn Horcoff Magnus Paajarvi Eric Belanger Ben Eager Anton Lander Ladislav Smid Jeff Petry Colten Teubert

The Edmonton Sun n Thursday, November 3, 2011

PAST

(2-2-1) CoL 3 , Lak 2 Phx 3, Lak 2 (oT) Lak 5, daL 3 NJd 3, Lak 0 Lak 1 , daL 0

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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Derek Van Diest breaks it down

CANUCKS GAMEDAY LINES
LEFT WING
Simon Gagner Scott Parse Dustin Penner Kyle Clifford Willie Mitchell Rob Scuderi Alec Martinez

LEFT WING

CENTRE

Jordan Eberle Ryan Jones Sam Gagner Lennart Petrell

RIGHT WING

CENTRE
Anze Kopitar Mike Richards Jarret Stoll Trevor Lewis Drew Doughty Jack Johnson Matt Greene

RIGHT WING
Justin Williams Dustin Brown Brad Richardson Ethan Moreau

DEFENCE PAIRINGS

FORWARDS
Have a handful of snipers who can fill the net

Tom Gilbert Theo Peckham Corey Potter

GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk Nikolai Khabibulin

DEFENCE PAIRINGS

GOALIES
Jonathan Quick Jonathan Bernier

DEFENCE
Have been solid all year

GOALTENDING
Close call, but Oilers have the better duo

What’s left in the tank?

POWER PLAY
Scoring on nearly one in every four opportunities

PENALTY KILL
Still one of the team’s strengths

Had three days off heading into six-game road trip.

Haven’t played since Sunday

COACHING
Has gotten every player to buy into the defensive system

COMPILED bY DEREK VAN DIEST

OVERALL
Making believers out of everyone

PLUS
ryan smyth is finding his stride, scoring a pair of goals in the win over the st. Louis blues on sunday. The oilers need the veteran to contribute and take some of the pressure off their youngsters, who are garnering a lot of attention this season.

MINUS
magnus Paajarvi, once mentioned in the same breath as Taylor hall and Jordan eberle, has yet to get off the mark this season. he heads into the contest still looking to collect his first point.

OILERS SCORING
*r. NugeNT-hoPkiNs ryaN smyTh JordaN eberLe TayLor haLL shaWN horCoFF Corey PoTTer ryaN JoNes Tom giLberT eriC beLaNger aNdy suTToN aLes hemsky Cam barker LeNNarT PeTreLL JeFF PeTry sam gagNer aLex PLaNTe darCy hordiChuk beN eager gP g AP +/11 5 6 11 4 11 5 5 10 2 11 3 7 10 4 10 3 6 9 5 11 2 5 7 1 9 1 6 7 0 11 2 2 4 1 11 1 2 3 -2 11 0 1 1 -3 10 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 1 10 1 0 1 3 10 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 1 -1 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 * denotes rookie

WHO TO WATCH
Dustin Penner
They have doghouses in Los angeles as well and the former oilers winger had been in it since practically the start of the season. Penner has just one assist on the year and is starting to feel the ire of his head coach. Where have we heard that before?

OILeRS

KINgS
C Colin Fraser (ankle)

INJURIES

rW ales hemsky (shoulder), darcy hordichuk (knee), d Cam barker (shoulder).

SPECIAL

OILERS: PP 20.8% (12th), PK 89.1% (4th) KINGS: PP 23.1% (4th), PK 86.1% (10th)

TEAMS