The Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are locked in a battle of the Western Conference playoff berths, with the Kings up 2-0 in the series and leading the all-time series 1-0.
Here’s what to know heading into Game 7 tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
– Who’s going to win tonight?
– The Kings are going to be led by captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who leads the team with five goals in seven games and has scored at least one goal in all seven of his games.
Los Angeles defenseman Brandon Gormley has also recorded five goals and six assists.
– What’s the difference between the Kings and Oilers?
– As much as the Kings have looked dominant in their two games, Los Angeles has been playing at a high level and is not as dangerous as they’ve been in the past.
Los Angles has been able to put a lot of pressure on the Kings, especially with their defensive zone play and the fact that their penalty kill has been great for them this series.
– Is it too soon to expect the Kings to get back to the Stanley Cup Final?
– It seems like it, but the Kings are a long shot to win the Stanley Cups.
The Kings only have four playoff wins since 1997, including two in the last three years.
If the Kings were to make the postseason, it’s possible that they’d face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and face off against the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.
Los Angels would be the No. 1 seed and would have the opportunity to face the No and No. 2 seeds in the conference finals.
– Will we see Connor McDavid again?
McDavid has missed most of the series due to an upper-body injury he suffered in the third period of Game 5 against Los Angeles, but he’s back and should be able to play tonight.
– Where are the Kings’ goaltending prospects?
– Kings goaltender Frederik Andersen is the clear No.1 in the West and is tied for second with Los Angeles for most wins with 16.
The Ducks have one goalie, Frederik Andersson, who is tied with McDavid for most saves in the NHL this season with 19.
Ducks backup Ben Bishop is tied (with McDavid) for second in the League with five shutouts.
– How about the Oilers?
The Oilers are currently on pace to win 53 games for the first time since 2006-07, and are tied with the Calgary Flames for second place in the Western Division.
Edmonton is tied at third with the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, and they have a chance to win a playoff series for the second time in three years after defeating Calgary in seven tries in 2013-14.
– Who are the Ducks?
– Edmonton is trying to become the first team in NHL history to have three different goalies score at least 20 goals in consecutive seasons.
Goalie Frederik Anderson has a 3.23 goals-against average this season, and he leads the Oilers with a .928 save percentage.
He has allowed just five goals on 28 shots against, and has a 2.53 goals-per-game average.
– Are the Kings better than the Oilers at puck possession?
– Both teams are shooting a high percentage, with a 57.1% Corsi percentage.
The Oilers have the best Corsi at 61.1%, and have also recorded the third best Corsibre of any team in the Eastern Conference.
The Los Angeles is second at 59.4%.
– Is there a chance Connor McDaniel could be back?
– Yes, he’s on the comeback trail and is expected to be back for Game 7.
He missed the final three games of the regular season with a lower-body strain.
He was back on the ice for Game 3 against the Kings after missing two games with a concussion, but had to be taken to the locker room and returned to the game.
He played in Game 6 against the Sharks on Saturday and was limited to six shots on goal.
He is listed as day-to-day with the team.
– When is the first game between the teams?
– Game 7 will be played tonight.