EDMONTON - Los Angeles — Devan Dubnyk will be getting his second consecutive start as the Edmonton Oilers look for their second consecutive win in California on Saturday when they face the Los Angeles Kings.
Dubnyk, who stopped 41 shots in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, has not made consecutive starts this season when Nikolai Khabibulin was also available. He had three consecutive starts earlier in the year when Khabibulin was out injured.
“I think you have to reward a strong performance at any position and he hasn’t had that luxury yet,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “I think it’s important for Devan to be able to acquaint himself with a coach’s mentality off of good, strong performances. I don’t know what I’m going to do (Sunday) night (in Anaheim) but I’m not worried about that right now.”
The Oilers go in against the Kings having won two of their last 11, both with Dubnyk in goal.
The Kings go into the contest having lost six of their last seven games at home with one win in their last eight games overall.
The last six games in Los Angeles between the teams have all gone to a shootout.
“As long as we win it, I don’t care if this one goes into a shootout,” said Renney. “They’re always good games, it’s good hockey, the fans get entertained and our guys get into it.”
This is the second of four meetings between the teams this year. The Kings pulled out 3-2 shootout win in their previous encounter.
“We have to come after them the way he have in our last couple of games against our opponent,” said Renney. “They’re certainly going to try to come out hard and put us in our place as quickly as possible and we have to make sure they get the message right away that, that’s not going to happen.
“We have to make sure we stick to our game plan and how we have to play in order to have success and be patient with that process.”