The second game of this three-game trip resulted in Todd Nelson’s first win as an NHL coach. There was a clear sense of relief for the struggling Oilers and a feeling of increasing frustration for the Kings. A few more takeaways after yet another road loss.
Shots don’t tell the whole story
On this trip the Kings have outshot their two opponents, 55-36, and have one point to show for games in Calgary and Edmonton.
They outshot the Oilers, 17-5, in the third period and overtime combined. Again, the big push came too late.
Big moments for cellar dwellers
What do the Sabres, Hurricanes and Oilers have in common?
Well, they are mired at the bottom of their respective divisions. Then there is this: They’ve all recorded wins over the visiting Kings in 2014.
Beware of the minnows.
In six-plus periods of hockey (factoring in Tuesday’s overtime session at Edmonton), the Kings have one goal from a forward, Tyler Toffoli.
A small sampling: Captain Dustin Brown has not scored in 12 games, rookie Tanner Pearson’s goal drought is at nine games and Justin Williams has not scored since Dec. 14 at Toronto, a seven-game stretch.
Williams, in fact, played a season-low 10 minutes 28 seconds against the Oilers. The only other Kings’ forward with less ice time was rookie Andy Andreoff (7:37). It was Andreoff’s first game back in the lineup since Oct. 31.