Two teams already in the postseason faced off between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. However, there were still major playoff implications as home ice is still up for grabs between the likely matchup between them. In many ways, the game represented a playoff preview.
And if a preview is worth anything, Edmonton was by an large the better team at all situations. At 5v5 they were better and limited the Kings to very few chances, on the power play they were opportunistic as usual, and their penalty kill even did well in keeping the Kings at bay.
Overall it was a win that the Oilers needed not just for playoff positioning, but to make a statement to the Kings that it won’t be easily to get revenge in the playoffs if these two teams were to meet again for the second year in a row.
Charts from the victory are below.
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (PPG)||Leon Draisaitl, Evan Bouchard||11:30 | 2nd||EDM 1 – 0 LAK|
|Viktor Arvidsson||Trevor Moore||10:26 | 3rd||EDM 1 – 1 LAK|
|Leon Draisaitl (PPG)||Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||12:40 | 3rd||EDM 2 – 1 LAK|
|Darnell Nurse||Unassisted||18:24 | 3rd||EDM 3 – 1 LAK|
All situations Corsi
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