The Los Angeles Kings face the Edmonton Oilers with both teams off to strong starts to the season. The Kings have won nine of their 22 games while the Oilers have won 16 of their 22 games to start the season. Both teams are looking to compete in the Western Conference and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.
Kings hope offense can step upThe Kings are off to a promising start to the season but hope the offense can step up as the unit is scoring only 2.65 goals per game. Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe, and Anze Kopitar have combined for 25 goals and 27 assists to lead the top two forward lines but the rest of the unit has struggled. Only four skaters have five goals or more and only seven skaters have four goals or more, allowing opponents to eliminate the top-heavy forward unit.
The offense has struggled but the defense has been one of the best in the NHL, allowing only 2.77 goals per game. Alexander Edler and Matt Roy have combined for 2.8 defensive point shares and 73 blocked shots while Tobias Bjornfot and Michael Anderson have combined for 2.1 defensive point shares and 59 blocked shots. In addition, goaltender Jonathan Quick is having a great season in the net with a .924 save percentage and a 2.38 goals-against average on 383 shots.
Oilers offense has been dominantThe Oilers have looked like one of the best teams in the Western Conference, led by an offense that is scoring 3.77 goals per game. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have combined for 37 goals and 48 assists to lead the top line but the rest of the forward unit has stepped up as well. Zach Hyman and Jesse Puljujarvi have combined for 18 goals and 17 assists while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kailer Yamamoto, and Zack Kassian have combined for 11 goals and 26 assists to make the Oilers a tough team to stop.
The offense has led the way but the defense has stepped up as well, allowing only 2.95 goals per game. Evan Bouchard and Darnell Nurse have combined for 2.7 defensive point shares and 56 blocked shots while Kris Russell, Tyson Barrie, and Cody Ceci have combined for 3.1 defensive point shares and 88 blocked shots to add depth to the defensive unit. In addition, Mikko Koskinen has been great as the starting goaltender with a .914 save percentage and a 2.82 goals-against average on 431 shots.