THE SKINNY: It’s three straight years out of the playoffs as this loss coupled with a St. Louis win over Phoenix eliminates the Oilers from the post-season picture. At 37-34-9 for 83 points with two games left, the Oilers can’t catch the Blues, who are 39-31-10 for 88 points.
THE QUOTE: “We put ourselves in this position no matter how well we played tonight,” captain Ethan Moreau said after the Oilers fired 39 shots at L.A. stopper Jonathan Quick but came up short. “It’s very disappointing.”
THE BIG PLAY: It was already 1-0 for Los Angeles when Tom Gilbert gave the puck away. Michal Handzus got the puck to the net and Wayne Simmonds banged the loose rubber behind Dwayne Roloson to make it 2-0 at 3:46.
HOME WOES: There’s a long list of deficiencies in a disappointing season, but the Oilers’ home record sits near the top. They’re 17-17-6 at home and have lost four of the first five games of their current six-game homestand.
TOUGH START: As dogged as Roloson’s been in making 36 straight starts, he whiffed on an Alexander Frolov shot from the point that beat him between the pads to put the Kings up 1-0 just 55 seconds into the game.
LUNCH BREAK: The Oilers fired 19 shots at Quick in the second period, but didn’t get anything for it until 16:29, when Fernando Pisani deflected a Denis Grebeshkov point shot that caromed off the skate of Denis Gauthier into to the net to make it 2-1.
THE NEXT GAME: The Oilers host the Calgary Flames Friday.