The Los Angeles Kings thought they were going to ride a 1-0 lead to a win on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche. They needed one more goal to get the win, as the Avalanche got the tying goal to make it a 1-1 game and then win in a shootout. It was a tremendous effort by Jonathan Quick.
He has been suffering through a bad season on a bad team, but Quick had a night he can feel good about. There was no goal support to be had, though, as Quick was left to have to win the game alone. Pavel Francouz was able to outduel Quick in the shootout and that was ultimately the difference.
With Quick getting the start against the Avalanche last night and playing well, it’d seem to make sense that he gets the day off Sunday. If Quick doesn’t play, then the Edmonton Oilers would be Cal Petersen’s responsibility. The Kings no longer have the option of going to Jack Campbell after they traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Petersen was listed as probable to play against the Avalanche originally yesterday, so maybe he gets the nod Sunday against the Oilers. Or, it was just Todd McLellan having no faith in Petersen and he gives Quick a back-to-back. He didn’t look too thrilled after allowing the game-winning goal in the shootout, breaking his stick over the post in frustration.
Quick didn’t look like a guy who cares to play again on Sunday. The team continues to get stripped of talent, after they traded Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli away. It was expected, but it doesn’t make it any better for guys still on the team. Quick certainly deserves better than floundering the rest of his career away in LA with the Kings. The Kings might not be done yet with selling as well.
The Kings will take another crack at a team that is playing for something in this matchup. Edmonton enter Sunday 3rd in the Pacific Division with a record of 32-22-7 and 71 points. They’re 3rd at the moment, but are still within striking distance of the top spot in the division.
The Golden Knights were winners again last night, so they have a 3-point advantage on the Oilers. Edmonton is coming off a 5-3 loss against the Wild on Friday night. Fortunately, Connor McDavid is close to returning. There’s a chance it happens in LA tonight, but there hasn’t been any confirmation thus far. Head below for our free Oilers vs. Kings pick.
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The Oilers were able to dodge a serious bullet when they got the news back that McDavid’s injury was not serious. McDavid’s most recent appearance was on February 8 against the Predators, so he stands to miss less than a month. The Oilers need him healthy and ready to contribute for the most important stretch of the season, which begins just about now.
McDavid notched 4 points in three games before having to sit down. The Oilers have gone 3-3 in his absence. LA is in tank mode at the moment, but it’s never wise to take a team with nothing to lose lightly. In any event, the Kings have struggled in 2019-20, as they go into Sunday with a record of 22-34-6 and 50 points.
They’re 29th in the league with 2.48 goals scored per game. Their defence has steadily improved, mainly because of Quick playing better between the pipes, but they’re 23rd in the NHL with 3.16 goals against per game. That’s nothing spectacular, and they’ve traded blueliner, Alec Martinez, to the Golden Knights. Along with Martinez, 14-goal scorer at the time, Tyler Toffoli, was shipped out to Vancouver. The Kings will have to go with either Quick on a back-to-back after playing last night, or the 25-year-old Cal Petersen.
Petersen has made three starts this season, posting a 3.69 GAA and 0.896 save percentage. Conversely, Quick owns a 2.96 GAA and 0.898 save percentage following an impressive performance versus the Avalanche. Are the Kings really going to send him out again after delivering a standout showing last night? Possibly, but in a game with nothing to lose, this might be where Petersen gets a chance. Edmonton has won six of their last eight contests against the Kings. They should be able to handle the Kings again, who are coming off a really frustrating loss Saturday night.