Oilers, Kings battle for Pacific positioning with playoffs locked up

Oilers, Kings battle for Pacific positioning with playoffs locked up

The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings clinched Stanley Cup playoff spots with their most recent victories.Now, it’s all about positioning.When the Oilers visit the Kings on Tuesday night, second place in the Pacific Division will be on the line, and potentially first place as well.Edmonton (45-23-9, 99 points) enters the game in third place, one point behind Los Angeles (45-22-10, 100 points) with five games left for both teams.Sitting on top of the division are the Vegas Golden Knights, who brought a one-point lead over the Kings into their game against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.”The regular season is all about giving yourself a chance to play in the playoffs, and we checked that box,” Edmonton star Connor McDavid said after scoring his league-leading 62nd goal of the season in a 6-0 win against the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.The Oilers, known for their offensive explosiveness, have won their past two games via shutout. Edmonton beat the visiting Kings 2-0 on Thursday night.All three teams atop the Pacific Division played extremely well in March. The Oilers went 12-2-1, the Kings went 9-2-2 and the Golden Knights finished 11-3-1. The three teams were a combined 4-0 through the first two days of April as well.”Every night, it seems like everyone wins in the Pacific Division,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said.The two best players for Edmonton have never really cooled down this season, but Leon Draisaitl and McDavid are playing exceptionally well as of late.Draisaitl has a 12-game point streak (nine goals, 15 assists), and McDavid has an 11-game point streak (eight goals, 14 assists).Meanwhile, the Kings have been quietly stringing together one of their best regular seasons in team history.They reached triple-digit points with a 4-1 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Only the 1974-75 team reached triple digits quicker (76 games).


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