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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 1/24/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



LOS ANGELES (0-2-0-0, 0 pts.) at EDMONTON (1-1-0-0, 2 pts.)
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Thursday, 1/24/2013 9:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
67LOS ANGELES-125Ov 5,-130-135Ov 5,-135
68EDMONTON+105Un 5,+110+115Un 5,+115
LOS ANGELES - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-2-0-2.50-2-2.51-11.525.04.026.5
Team Stats (Road Games)0-1-0-1.20-1-1.20-
Last 5 Games0-2-0-2.50-2-2.51-11.525.04.026.5
LOS ANGELES Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2311100506.0%1100.0%6
Team Stats (Road Games)1110000293.4%600.0%2
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)2311100506.0%1100.0%6
Stats Against (All Games) 8314005315.1%9222.2%12
Stats Against (Road Games) 300300319.7%4125.0%5
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 8314005315.1%9222.2%12
LOS ANGELES - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JONATHAN BERNIER (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)22534584.9%00-2-2.50-2-0-21-1
JONATHAN QUICK (Road Games)11312890.3%00-1-1.20-1-0-10-1
JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)22534584.9%00-2-2.50-2-0-21-1

EDMONTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-1-0+0.21-1+0.21-
Team Stats (Home Games)0-1-0-10-1-11-
Last 5 Games1-1-0+0.21-1+0.21-
EDMONTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2612211619.8%9333.3%9
Team Stats (Home Games)13111002910.3%5240.0%6
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)2612211619.8%9333.3%9
Stats Against (All Games) 8710006013.3%10330.0%14
Stats Against (Home Games) 6600003119.4%5360.0%12
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 8710006013.3%10330.0%14
EDMONTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
YANN DANIS (All Games)101414100.0%00-000-0-000-0
YANN DANIS (Home Games)101414100.0%00-000-0-000-0
YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)101414100.0%00-000-0-000-0
DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)22463882.6%01-1+0.21-1-001-1
DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)11171164.7%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)22463882.6%01-1+0.21-1-001-1
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: LOS ANGELES 3.36,  EDMONTON 3.27
LOS ANGELES - Schedule
1/19/2013CHICAGO2-5L0, -125L5 ovO
1/22/2013at COLORADO1-3L0, -125L5 ovU
1/24/2013at EDMONTON 
1/26/2013at PHOENIX 
2/2/2013at ANAHEIM 

EDMONTON - Schedule
1/20/2013at VANCOUVER3-2W0, +120W5.5 unU
1/22/2013SAN JOSE3-6L0, +110L5.5 unO
1/24/2013LOS ANGELES 
1/26/2013at CALGARY 
1/30/2013at PHOENIX 
1/31/2013at SAN JOSE 
2/2/2013at COLORADO 

LAST SEASON: 40-27-15, 95 points. Won Stanley Cup.

COACH: Darryl Sutter, 2nd season with Kings, 25-13-11; 12th overall, 434-333-142 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Anthony Stewart.

LOST: RW Kevin Westgarth.

PLAYER TO WATCH: C Anze Kopitar. The Kings' leading scorer in five straight seasons injured his knee in Sweden shortly before the lockout ended. He's not expected to opening day, and if his injury lingers, Los Angeles' offense will be compromised.

OUTLOOK: With Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and every significant player returning from the first championship team in franchise history, the Stanley Cup holders believe their continuity in a short season gives them a strong chance at a repeat.


LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.

COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.

ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.

LOST: D Cam Barker.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.

OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.

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Los Angeles (0-2-0) at Edmonton (1-1-0), 9:30 p.m. EDT

The Los Angeles Kings have yet to find their offense in getting off to a slow start after hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Having top center Anze Kopitar getting healthier by the day could help them break out of that funk sooner than later.

Kopitar and the low-scoring Kings look to avoid losing their first three games for the first time since the 1985-86 season when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Los Angeles began play without Kopitar, who has led the team in scoring in each of the last five seasons, and lost 5-2 at home to Chicago on Saturday.

He returned Tuesday from a knee injury suffered shortly before the lockout ended while playing in Sweden, getting nearly 20 minutes of ice time but not having a shot on net in a 3-1 defeat at Colorado.

"The knee feels good. I didn't have any problems with it," Kopitar, who had team bests of 25 goals and 51 assists in 2011-12, told the Kings' official website. "I pretty much forgot I was wearing (a brace) out there."

That's good news for the Kings, who have seen Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan and Rob Scuderi score their goals. Those three players combined to score eight times last season, while Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams totaled 69 goals.

Kopitar, Brown and Williams played on the same line Tuesday, and they combined to take only five shots. Brown and Williams have yet to register a point.

"The line had a really tough night," coach Darryl Sutter said. "It was Kopie's first game, but the other two have had two tough games in a row."

Kopitar, Brown and Williams were held in check last season against Edmonton, combining for two goals as the teams split four meetings.

The Oilers are off to a 1-1-0 start, winning 3-2 in a shootout at Vancouver in their opener Sunday before coming out flat in a 6-3 home loss to San Jose on Tuesday.

The Sharks scored twice in the first 4:30 of the game before Nail Yakupov got Edmonton on the board at the 8:25 mark. San Jose, though, scored four more goals in the first period to essentially put the game away.

"That was as bad a first period as we could have had, even in your worst imagination," coach Ralph Krueger said. "If pain is going to make us a better team, that was a lot of pain right there.

"It was just a complete meltdown through every single player. Sometimes it is better to lose like this than by one goal."

Three of the six goals allowed in the opening period came with Edmonton short-handed.

"Obviously the fans were so into it to start and it got us all excited and you let your emotions take hold and don't think about the system we're playing," forward Sam Gagner said. "We got caught running around a bit. In the second and third we settled in, but it was too late."

It was the first NHL goal for the 19-year-old Yakupov, drafted first overall last summer by the Oilers.

Last Updated: 6/20/2018 2:48:54 AM EST

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