Los Angeles (38-30-5) at Edmonton (36-25-12) 9:00 pm EST
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) - Sergei Samsonov and the Edmonton
Oilers hope to hold on to a slim lead in the race for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference when they host the Los
Angeles Kings on Thursday.
The Oilers have lost 12 of their last 18 games but still own a
two-point lead over the San Jose Sharks (36-25-10) for the
eighth postseason berth in the conference. The Kings trail the
Sharks by one point.
Edmonton looks to rebound from a tough 3-2 loss to the Minnesota
Wild on Tuesday.
Samsonov had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who squandered
a 2-1 lead in the third period.
Edmonton aims to win for the third time in four meetings this
season against a Los Angeles squad that has lost eight of its
last 11 overall.