NHL Playoffs: Kings have home advantages over Edmonton Oilers

There was good news and bad news in the bombing the Kings held out in game 2 Of their NHL’s first playoff series in Edmonton.

The bad news is the 6-0 defeat it was the team’s most one-sided defeat in a playoff game since April 1990, when the oilers beat the Kings 7-0 in Edmonton. But here’s the good news: With teams splitting their first two games in Canada, the series is now a best-of-five playoff. And with three of their next four games in Los Angeles, starting with Game 3 on Friday, the Kings now have the lead on home ice.

“We came here to win a game and we did it,” captain Anze Kopitar he said before leaving Edmonton on Thursday. “Now is the time to go home and take care of business.”

Added defender Matt Roy: “Taking one is huge. We are thrilled to be returning to our fans and playing in front of them. “

Playing at home, however, wasn’t always the advantage it should be for the Kings. The team have lost their last five playoff games at home, winning the last game of the 2014 Stanley Cup final. That was also the last time the Kings won a post-season streak.

And the Kings have not beaten Edmonton at home since November 2019, when their arena was still called Staples Center.

Speaking of streak wins, Edmonton shot one with Wednesday’s win, their first in eight post-season games, as the Kings extended their goalless slide on power play to eight chances. In fact, the Oilers, with a reduced score on Wednesday, scored more goals on the Kings power play than the Kings did.

Reversing the play of the special teams – the Kings penalty missed four goals on eight occasions in the series – will be crucial if the team is to take advantage on home ice. Yet coach Todd McLellan is far from panicking after just two games.

“Our power play is what our power play is. They were [not] it will reinvent the wheel of flight back, “said McLellan, whose team spent the night in Edmonton before returning home Thursday.” They have to get the job done and get it done. Operating at zero [%] and giving up a goal is unacceptable ”.

Kings Phillip Danault, Sean Durzi, Trevor Moore, Alex Iafallo and Mikey Anderson celebrate a goal.

Phillip Danault (24), Sean Durzi (50), Trevor Moore (12), Alex Iafallo (19) and Mikey Anderson (44) of Kings celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period in Game 1 on Monday.

(Codie McLachlan / Getty Images)

However the Kings have a few things besides the dubious home ice advantage that works in their favor after two games. With an average age of 28, the team entered the Edmonton series as the fourth youngest and least experienced team in the playoffs. But with eight Kings players getting their first taste of the postseason this week in Edmonton, the Oilers have lost much of their lead.

“Some of our players have gained a lot of experience and some of our players have even been remembered as it was. So he was young and old, “McLellan said.

“We just practiced on the road. But we’re crazy enough to admit it and we’ll try to make things right. We are not here just to gain experience. We are here to try and win this. We have to fix some things. “

How not to lose by six goals. Last time it happened to the Kings three weeks ago, in a 9-3 defeat at Colorado. The team followed that rout by winning five consecutive games in the regulations for the only time this season, clinching a place in the playoffs.

“We seem to be learning pretty fast[ers]Kopitar said. “We will review it, make some changes, tackle some things, improve some areas and prepare for Game 3.”

“The series is tied and we go home,” he added. “Bring it back to Los Angeles”

Whether this is an advantage or not will be decided on Friday.

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