Lines look like the same lines as last game. Only difference is Khabibulin will start this one rather than coming in part way. He’s been looking pretty damn good so far, so might as well ride this before he burns out. But I’d imagine that Dubnyk is still the #1 here.
So for those with short memories, the last time we played the Kings was the shit show in Edmonton. The game was memorable for a couple reasons. One, outraged fans (of which I was one of them at the game) littered the ice with drinks and whatever else they had on hand (I didn’t do that, however, but only because my angle was bad ). Two, this game went to overtime courtesy of a beautiful goal in the dying seconds by Nail Yakupov who batted it into the net then booked it down the ice to do his now famous / heinous knee slide. During the game I had an official cameraman sitting behind me and he showed me the shots. The look on Nail’s face was priceless and he hopped past his teammates and then sped down ice.Darryl Sutter quote-worthy as always had this to say about the Yakupov celebration: “You score a goal you get to celebrate. I had no problem with it.”
I also recall Jonathan Quick and Mike Richards trying to intimidate Yakupov because he shot the puck into the net maybe a second after the whistle. It was pretty close and not at all a big deal, but those two got their panties all up in a bunch over it. Later in the game, Taylor Hall intentionally pulled the puck out from underneath Quick after a whistle, did a small juke then flipped it into the net. This was all intentional (unlike Yakupov’s slightly late shot) for the shit Quick gave Yakupov, and it gave me a good laugh to see him do that. I’m surprised he didn’t get an unsportsmanlike penalty though given all the other poor calls that night (that would have been deserved though).
Anyways, hopefully the Oilers come out flying and teach these assholes a lesson to put their canes away when they come into Rexall. Bitch about shit in your own building, not ours. If you don’t like it, do something about it on the scoreboard, much like the Oilers did that night. I say this often, but with the Kings struggling this year, this is a game the Oilers have to win if they want to look like a real hockey team.
OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Hall – Nuge – Eberle
Hartikainen – Gagner – Hemsky
Smyth – Belanger – Yakupov
Eager – Vande Velde – Paajarvi
Smid – Fistric
N. Schultz – J. Schultz
Whitney – Petry