The Edmonton Oilers can end a streak of 11 consecutive seasons of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Rogers Place. The Oilers currently have 91 points and are not just thinking playoffs. They are hoping to win their first division title since 1987 as they are only two points back of the first place Anaheim Ducks.
The Oilers are led by superstar center Connor McDavid who leads the National Hockey League with 88 points. Not since Wayne Gretzky in 1987 has an Oiler won the Art Ross Trophy.
The Kings meanwhile are at 77 points and are 11 points back of the St. Louis Blues for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. There is a strong possibility that the Kings could miss the playoffs for the second time in three years since winning the Stanley Cup in 2014.
This past week the Kings beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 before losing 3-0 to the New York Rangers. In the Kings win over the Jets, Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli each had two points in the Kings' victory.
This week the Kings not only face the Oilers, but the Calgary Flames (Wednesday), Vancouver Canucks (Friday) and Arizona Coyotes (Sunday) as well. Like the Oilers, the Flames are playoff bound, as they have 90 points. The Canucks and Coyotes will not be making the playoffs this season.