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Video: Milbury says Kings are in trouble (and started the wrong goalie on Tuesday)


It doesn’t take an expert to notice that Tuesday’s loss was devastating for the Los Angeles Kings.

The tougher questions surround what’s next and what could have been done to improve their situation. Both Mike Milbury and Keith Jones think that the Kings are in big trouble, and Milbury wonders why Jonathan Quick didn’t face the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday:

NBC Sports viewers think that the Kings are toast, too.

One other poll of interest pins the bigger-picture blame on players:

Defending champion Kings on brink of elimination from playoff contention


The L.A. Kings have been in similarly dire situations before.

Remember when they faced being swept out of the first round of last year’s playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, only to win four in a row to advance and, well, win it all.

Now the big question: Can the defending Stanley Cup champs conjure the same magic to just sneak into this year’s playoffs and save their 2014-15 season?

The Kings, starting back-up goalie Martin Jones instead of Jonathan Quick, lost to the Edmonton Oilers, one of the bottom dwellers in the Western Conference, by a final score of 4-2 on Tuesday. L.A. remains at 93 points, with two games remaining in its schedule. It’s absolute must-win time now.

“Got to win in. It’s obvious. You know what? We’ve been saying that for a while. We’ve played really well since the All-Star Break. Just try and continue to,” said Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

The Calgary Flames were victorious over the Arizona Coyotes, with that game finishing minutes before the Kings wrapped up in Edmonton with a disappointing loss. Further hurting L.A.’s hopes was the fact the Winnipeg Jets defeated the St. Louis Blues, as well, on Tuesday.

The Flames, two points up on L.A., and Kings will now meet on Thursday.

A regulation win for the Flames in that game would put them four points clear of the Kings, and eliminate L.A. from playoff contention.

The Kings are three points back of the Jets for the final Wild Card spot in the West.

The Flames, Kings and Jets all have two games remaining in their respective schedules.

The Canucks, who did not play Tuesday, clinch a playoff spot because of the result in Edmonton.

Goalie nods: Oilers start Bachman, look to avoid another Kings blowout

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Bachman returns for Oilers

Richard Bachman will return to the Edmonton net tonight when the Oilers host the playoff-hungry Kings at Rexall.

Bachman, who’s been away from the team following the death of his brother, will look to regain the form shown in his last two starts — a 29-save effort in a 4-1 win over Colorado, and a 29-save shutout in a 4-0 win over Dallas.

But it won’t be easy.

The Kings absolutely crushed the Oilers two games ago, lighting up Ben Scrivens and ECHL recall Tyler Bunz in a 8-2 victory. It marked the first time in five years L.A. scored eight goals in a game, prompting Oilers forward Jordan Eberle to lash out at his team’s performance.

“That was embarrassing,” Eberle said. “They treated us like a junior team. They pushed us around.

“You’re a professional hockey player. You have to be able to push through whatever it is, or there will be guys who will take your spot.”

No word yet on who’ll start for L.A. Jonathan Quick played last night in Vancouver and fared well, stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss.


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Pens at Sens: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Andrew Hammond

‘Canes at Wings: (No Carolina starter yet) vs. Jimmy Howard

Jets at Blues: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Jake Allen

Wild at ‘Hawks: Devan Dubnyk vs. Corey Crawford

Preds at Avs: (No Nashville starter yet) vs. Semyon Varlamov

Coyotes at Flames: Mike Smith vs. Jonas Hiller

Embarrassed in Los Angeles, Oilers need to play ‘with a chip on our shoulder’ tonight versus Kings

Edmonton Oilers v Los Angeles Kings

The Edmonton Oilers have a chance to get some revenge on the Los Angeles Kings for last week’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat at Staples Center.

You see, the Kings are in Edmonton tonight, and a loss for the defending champs would deal a serious blow to their playoff hopes.

“They embarrassed us last time, and frankly, I thought we looked like a junior team out there,” said Oilers forward Rob Klinkhammer, per the Edmonton Sun. “It was ugly. We just have to come in with a chip on our shoulder, play hard and play the right way. We can’t feed their game, they are super hungry, they’re making a push for the playoffs and they are a great team. We have to have our best game if we want to have a chance.”

Another factor in Edmonton’s favor, besides revenge, could be fatigue. The Kings played last night in Vancouver, where they lost 2-1 in a shootout. Drew Doughty logged almost 30 minutes in that one. Jonathan Quick was similarly busy in goal, where he faced 38 Canuck shots. There’s even been speculation Martin Jones could get the start tonight.

Of course, while the Oilers haven’t played since Saturday, they’re not counting on a diminished opponent.

“If we have the same effort that we had the other night in L.A., it’s going to be the same result,” said Taylor Hall.

Henrik Sedin gets 700th assist in Canucks’ vital SO win over Kings

Henrik Sedin

Teams often talk about the need to play the full 60 minutes. If the Kings miss the playoffs though, it won’t be because of something they lacked in the first 60 minutes of contests. As has too often been the case in 2014-15, Los Angeles missed out on the second point in a 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver.

Goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Eddie Lack were the two best players on the ice tonight with 37 and 36 saves in regulation respectively. However, this game might be most memorable for Canucks forward Henrik Sedin, who became the 52nd player to ever reach the 700-assist mark.

That ended the narrow lead Los Angeles had maintained since 1:13 of the first period. Vancouver’s Chris Higgins was the only player on either side to score in three shootout rounds.

Los Angeles entered this game with aspirations of narrowing the gap on Vancouver in the hopes of eventually wrestling the second seed in the Pacific Division away from the Canucks. That might still happen, but Los Angeles will now need some outside help. On top of that, Winnipeg won tonight so if the playoffs started tomorrow, Los Angeles wouldn’t be participating in them at all.

That’s largely due to the Kings’ inability to convert in overtime or shootouts as they have dropped to a combined 3-15 in those scenarios. That’s the worst record in the league by a decent margin and significantly behind Winnipeg (11-12), Calgary (13-7), and Vancouver (11-5). So if the defending Stanley Cup champions end up falling short of the playoffs, that will be an easy thing to point to as the cause.

That being said, Los Angeles still has a game against Calgary on Thursday, so the Kings’ fate is still in their hands.