Oilers hope to generate sparks at home against Kings

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Los Angeles (8-9-3) at Edmonton (9-9-2) 10:00 p.m. EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Edmonton Oilers have played a

league-low six games at home and their pedestrian overall record

suggests they have not made the most of their opportunities


The Oilers seek their first victory at home since October 18

when they host the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Edmonton has played 14 of its 20 contests on the road and is

7-7-0. However, the Oilers have failed to capitalize at Rexall

Place, where they are trudging through a four-game losing


Edmonton's last victory at home came in a 3-2 win over the

Calgary Flames, but it has since lost there to the Boston

Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and most

recently, the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Edmonton has the lowest penalty-kill percentage (73.9) in the

Western Conference and trails only the Toronto (71.5) in the

NHL. Los Angeles is fourth in the West in that category (84.1).

After suffering a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, the

Kings have lost two straight and four of five.

Making his 10th consecutive start, goaltender Erik Ersberg was

pulled from the Kings' net at 10:07 of the second period after

yielding four goals on 18 shots against the Flames.

The 26-year-old Ersberg entered play with a 5-3-2 record and a

stellar 2.05 goals-against average.

Jason LaBarbera, who last started on November 1 in a 3-2 loss to

Calgary, replaced Ersberg and made 15 saves over the final 30


Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings, as did Anze Kopitar, who

is riding his third three-game points streak of the season.



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