Prediction Panel: Feb. 19 Kings vs. Oilers

Kings' Prediction PanelSo, here's the thing. Any hope of the Kings nailing rookie Nail Yakupuv because of his ice-sliding antics from their first match-up have been diminished. According to the Edmonton Journal, he's been relegated to the third line with Ryan Smyth and Eric Belanger, so his ice time will be limited.

But worrying about some rookie sliding around the ice is the last thing the Kings need to worry about. They need to worry about scoring. L.A.'s power outage continues, as the club continues to struggle even-strength on with the man-advantage.

In a 3-2 league, the Kings are 1-5-2 when scoring two goals or less. Mike Richards seems to have ignited, but the rest of the team now seems listless.

On the other hand, the Oilers are equally punchless. But they've been pumping the puck at the goal to try and rectify that. The result? 56 shots last game and a 6-4 win.

The Kings are playing their 11th road game (out of 14 to start the season) and I doubt they'll find the magic switch to flip and make this team shake off the doldrums and start playing like champions. My guess: Oilers 2, Kings 1.

How did the rest of our predictors see this matchup?

Reed from Crowned Royal

Score: Oilers 4, Kings 3

Reason: Oil are firing on all cylinders, especially at home, and the Kings seem a little cocky after their great play last week. Hopefully we see Bernier in net again soon.

Record: 8-3

Ryan from Make Way For The Kings

Score: Kings 2, Oilers 1

Reason: Reason: The Kings will be determined to avenge their heartbreaker the last time they were in Edmonton. While they won't have an offensive clinic (especially if Dubnyk's playing) but the depleted defense steps up for LA to preserve the win.

Record: 7-4

Perfect prediction: 1 (2/5)

Andros from LA Kings Fight Night

Score: Kings 2, Oilers 0

Reason: Start of a 2 game winning streak.

Record: 7-4

Perfect prediction: 1 (2/5)

Jesse from All The Kings Men

Score: Oilers 4, Kings 0

Reason: The Kings are terrible

Record: 6-5

The Royal Half from The Royal Half

Score:

Reason:

Record: 6-5

Perfect prediction: 1 (2/17)

Paul from Kings News Daily

Score: Kings 4, Oilers 3

Reason: The Kings defense will do enough to keep up with the Oil's young guns while the LA forecheck dishes out enough punishment to punk these fools at home.

Record: 5-6

Surly Jacob from Surly And Scribe

Score: Kings 2, Oilers 1 (overtime)

Reason: Still struggling to score goals, but ain't taking no shit from the Oilers.

Record: 5-6

Perfect prediction: 1 (1/25)

Hipcheck from Lets Go Kings

Score: Kings 4, Oilers 1

Reason: Kings keep the Richards Momentum rolling and find greater success than they did in Chicago. After a brutal pre game tongue lashing from Coach Sutter the team comes out firing on all cylinders.

Record: 5-6

Robert from Jewels From The Crown

Score:

Reason:

Record: 4-7

Jon from Kings News Daily

Score: Kings 5, Oilers 2

Reason: Nails.

Record: 4-7

Neisy from Jewels From The Crown

Score: Kings 3, Oilers 0

Reason: The Oilers are fast but LA's better at even strength and their power play's improving.

Record: 3-8
 

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