The Los Angeles Kings opened a three-game western Canadian trip on a positive note.
There's a good chance things could get even better with a visit to Edmonton up next.
Looking to win consecutive games away from home for the first time in almost two months, the Kings try for a seventh straight road victory over the struggling Oilers on Sunday night.
Mike Richards and Dustin Brown each had a goal with an assist while Anze Kopitar scored in his third straight game as Los Angeles (22-15-8) won 4-1 win at Calgary on Saturday. With this victory over his brother and Flames coach, Brent, Darryl Sutter is 7-1-4 since replacing the fired Terry Murray as Kings coach.
The Kings, who have totaled 13 goals while earning five points in the last three games, scored the first three of the game in the second period Saturday.
"All 20 guys were needed for this win," said Kopitar, who recorded his 399th career point. "I think we're moving around a lot more than we did. We definitely want to build on that."
Kopitar, who has three goals and two assists over the last three games, appears to be fine after taking a big hit from Brenden Morrow late in the third period of the Kings' 5-4 shootout loss to Dallas on Thursday.
"I feel good, I don't have any issues," Kopitar told the Kings' official website.
He has a goal and three assists in his last six games versus Edmonton.
Though Los Angeles lost 3-0 at home to the Oilers (16-23-4) on Nov. 3, it's won six in a row at Edmonton since losing 5-4 on Feb. 28, 2008. The Kings have not scored more than three goals in any of those games during that streak, but have held the Oilers to just six.
Los Angeles has not won two straight road games overall since Nov. 17 and 22.
Jonathan Quick, who made 29 saves Saturday, is 4-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average at Edmonton. However, backup Jonathan Bernier could get the start. He stopped 32 shots in a 2-0 win in the Kings' last trip to Edmonton on March 29.
Nikolai Khabibulin, who needed to make only 19 saves against the Kings in November, could be in net despite posting a 4.09 GAA during his six-game losing streak.
Khabibulin was pulled Friday after he allowed three goals on 14 shots as the Oilers dropped their fifth in a row, 5-0 to Anaheim.
"We were just brutal,'' coach Tom Renney said. "They don't feel real good about themselves at the moment and they shouldn't.
"The thing I don't like is that I don't see ice bags and guys sore from really gutting it out and doing everything they possibly can to win a hockey game.''
Losers in 17 of 21, the Oilers have scored three goals in their last three games and continue to struggle without injured young stars Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and Jordan Eberle (knee). The team's top two scorers are expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Ryan Smyth, who spent the previous two seasons with the Kings, had a goal at Los Angeles earlier this season. He has 20 goals and 17 assists in his last 30 games against the Kings.
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